• 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens
    This week our 8th and 9th grade students (some 9th grade students will participate on Monday or Tuesday) got to put Habit 1 “Be Proactive” to the test. Since the habit discusses the difference between being proactive or reactive, students did an “experiment” to see how reactive people “explode” when faced with challenges, while proactive people respond more like a shaken water bottle. Students took a small “water” bottle (either filled with seltzer or with water) and listened to a variety of scenarios that could ruin a person’s day. With each scenario, students were asked to shake their bottle if it was something they would have reacted to (some examples: you wake up at 6:30 am and miss your bus, you forgot your homework on the kitchen table, your friend made fun of you on social media, your locker jammed and you were late for class and got written up, etc). At the end of the series of scenarios, the bottles were opened, and the reactive bottles exploded nicely! Discussion followed regarding the reactions. Students were left with the thought that the one thing we can all control is how we respond to what happens to us.
    7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens
    • Habit 1: Be Proactive – Take Responsibility for your life.
    • Habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind – Define your mission and goals in life.
    • Habit 3: Put First Things First – Prioritize, and do the most important things first
    • Habit 4: Think Win-Win – Have an everyone can win attitude
    • Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood – Listen to people sincerely
    • Habit 6: Synergize – Work together to achieve more
    • Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw – Renew yourself regularly
    How can parents be involved?
    Many of our teachers who have children in junior or senior high school have bought their children copies of the book and have been reading it with them. They are available on Amazon.com for about $10. Your child will get even more out of this program if you are participating with them at home. We also have copies available to be checked out in our library.
    7 Habits...  
    The book is available at many retailers including at Amazon.com