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7th Graders Learning 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens

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4cbf0c1f24136Several 7th grade boys participate in a discussion about the benefits of being proactive vs. reactive.
Several 7th grade boys participate in a discussion about the benefits of being proactive vs. reactive.

     The Kiowa County Jr. High 7th graders are enrolled in a class called 7 Habits. The name of the class comes from the book by Sean Covey entitled The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens. The class meets once a week and is divided into separate sections for girls and boys. Mrs. Headrick teaches the class and feels that at the junior high age, boys and girls have very different priorities and focuses. Because of that, it works well to have the genders separated.

     The students have learned about paradigms, personal and relationship bank accounts, the circle of control and the circle of no-control. All of these lessons lead up to the first of the 7 Habits....Be Proactive. In this chapter, Covey talks about proactive approaches being more effective than reactive approaches to life experiences and situations. Reactive people tend to lose their cool, speak without thinking, and live in the moment without regard for consequences. On the flip side of that, proactive people remain calm, can keep things in perspective, "push the pause button" before they speak, and make wise choices as they live their lives.

     In addition to these foundational lessons, the students are learning from the following chapters: 

  • Be proactive 
  • Begin with the end in mind, 
  • Put first things first 
  • Think win-win
  • Seek first to understand, then to be understood
  • Synergize 
  • Sharpen the saw

     We encourage parents to read the book along with their student and have discussions at home about the concepts in the book. The principles in the book really can be life-altering, if students will buy into the benefits!