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Blair Clanton

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October 2015

The Leader in Me Habit #2

Habit #2

Begin with the End in Mind

The Key concept is to plan ahead and set goals for yourself.  I do things in my life to make a difference.  I am important to my school and my classroom.  I look for ways to help other in my community and school.  This habit is something everyone should try to do to make the world a better place.  These are life changing habits.  It is amazing watching student’s think of these things when making decisions on their own.  When students use the habits they take them home and then parents start using them.  It becomes part of the community.  To change one students makes all the difference in the world.

Habit 2 is based on imagination- the ability to see in your mind what you cannot see with your eyes at the present moment.  It is based on the principle that all things are created twice.  The first creation in in your mind. The second creation is physical.  For example a building has a blueprint, the physical creation follows mental creation.  Once you have the blueprint you can build the building.  If you do not have a blueprint you cannot build the building exactly how you imagined it. You must make a conscious effort to visualize who you are and what you want in your life, then you will allow people and circumstances to influence you in your life by default.  “This habit is about connecting again with your own uniqueness and then defining the personal, moral, and ethical guidelines within which you can most happily express and fulfill yourself” (Covey).  Begin with the End in Mind means to begin each project assignment and each day with a clear vision of what you want to accomplish and where you want to go with each project.  Remember Habit 1 you are in charge of your life.

One of the best ways to incorporate Habit 2 into your life is to develop a Personal Mission Statement.  This Mission statement should focus on what you want to do and what you want to be.  This is your plan for success.  This will put your goals in focus, and reaffirms who you are.  You are the leader of your life by creating your mission statement.  You can create your own destiny and secure the future you want.

The Leader in Me  Habit #2

Begin with the end in mind classroom poster

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The Seven Habits of Happy Kids

The Seven Habits of Happy Kids is a program that along with my self and my co-workers, we are becoming very familiar with this year.  This is a part of The Leader in Me by Franklin Covey. The Leader in Me is a program that is teaching students to take control of their learning and everyday situations that they may come in contact with and being in control of them. The Seven Habits of Happy Kids is teaching 21st Century leadership and life skills to students.  It empowers the students to be and work on becoming leaders. Along with my self and all the teachers at my school, we have been through multiple trainings for the Seven Habits of Happy Kids and we are now taking what we learned in the trainings and teaching our students in the classrooms. Each week I am going to be blogging and explaining about one or two habits of the seven. These habits are not only beneficial to students but to adults as well. In order to teach the Seven Habits of Happy Kids, you as a teacher have to be living proof of each habit.

Habit 1- Be Proactive

The key concept of habit 1 is you are in charge of everything in your life. Everything is up to you. For example you are choosing to be responsible for your: actions, moods, and attitudes. By taking responsibility of your actions, moods, and attitudes, you have no one to blame if something does not work out but yourself. A person who is living by the habits daily would use words such as : I can, I will, and I prefer instead of someone who is reactive and their language use would be I cant, I have to, and If only. Reactive people try to control things that are out of their control and blame problems on things around them such as people or the environment.

There are two areas that we fall in to when we face problems and they are the Circle of Concern and the Circle of Influence. The Circle of Concern is for reactive people that try to take control over things that they cannot control. The Circle of Influence is the circle that we strive to be in and it is the one that we can be in control and change things such as our actions, moods, behavior, and health. Once one becomes aware of what they cannot control and lets it go they too can also become a part of the Circle of Influence and start living a proactive life style.

The Leader in Me

Be Proactive classroom poster

Blogging My Way Through the Class

An important part of teaching is communication. I have discovered an app called Remind.  I was introduced to this app from a colleague that used it in her classroom.  My daughter’s teacher used in her classroom last year but I was not familiar with the app myself until this year. Remind can be used for communicating with parents, colleagues, administrators and school staff.  Remind is app you can download on to your phone or other devices.

Remind can increase parent engagement and satisfaction. Remind can be used to engage parents and family members about how to talk to you child about what they are learning about, field trip reminders to celebrations and activities at school.  PTA and PTO use remind in get more parents involved. It is also used sometimes to reduced absentee and chronic tardiness.  Older students that get themselves up and ready for school could use this to help them get motivated and join the chat in the mornings.  When there is a deadline coming up or an important events coming up you can send out reminders 3 days, two day and then the day of the event.  Boosting students literacy is another way to use Remind.  This gets the family involved in what to ask when the students get home.   This builds vocabulary skills for the older students and helps with reading with the younger students.  Remind is available in six different languages.  This can be used with your English Language Learners.  Teachers can download parent letters in the parents native language in case the parent are not involved because of the language barrier.  You can also use remind to send positive motivational messages congratulating students and families on progress.

Here is a list of the top ten way to use remind:

  1. Send reminders about events going on in the classroom.
  2. Use attach to send permission slips to parents.
  3. Take photos of class events of things happening so the parents that could not attend stay connected.
  4. Schedule deadline reminders
  5. Sends students warm up questions or trivia facts to get the students thinking before they come into class.
  6. Send students links to outside resources.
  7. Send students positive and encouraging messages for their hard work.
  8. Homework assignments
  9. Send colleagues resources and Professional development opportunities.
  10. Send parents topics of materials covered in class.

I have started using remind in my classroom this year.  I have almost all parents using remind in my class.  I teach Kindergarten so Remind is used for the parents in my classroom.  I send out important events coming up, homework assignments, projects and other things.  The parents can send me questions when they arise.  The parents do not have my personal phone number but they can use Remind to get in contact with me. Remind is simple, safe, and free!

https://www.remind.com

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