7 Habits of Highly Effective Teachers
Adapted from Stephen R. Covey’s work
Habit 1: Be Proactive
• • • Act in the classroom, not re-act Every teacher needs a pause button • Teachers are free to choose: Self awareness, conscience, imagination, independent will Be a positive influence on your student’s emotional bank accounts
Habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind
• • • • Teachers need a destination and a compass A Teacher’s Mission Statement Are teacher’s principle centered?
The end should always be “what is best for the children under your care.” • Planning ahead always makes things better.
Habit 3: Put First Things First
• Establish priorities in the classroom and at home • Home culture 50 yrs. Age vs. Today -Where does that leave teachers??
• Balance academics with social skills, character education, health and self esteem • Be an ADVOCATE for children
Habit 4: Think Win-Win!!!!
• • • • Adopt the attitude: “Let me listen to you first” or “Help me to understand” with students and parents.
Positive discipline - How can you and the student win??? No power struggles.
Moving children from “me” to “we” Class Meetings where agreements rule.
Habit 5: Seek First to Understand..Then to be Understood
• • • Recognize your prejudices in the classroom and work to overcome them.
• All children want to belong - avoid miscommunications.
Practice Empathic Listening - the highest form of listening.
Give honest feedback to children and parents.
Habit 6: Synergize
• • • • Work together with teachers, parents, children, administrators.
Value and celebrate differences.
Involve people in the problem and work out the solution together (great playground strategy) Never give up - small victories lead to larger ones.
Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw
• Renew yourself: physically, socially, mentally, and spiritually.
• • Nurture your relationship with children.
Begin your day with children with some quiet time to reflect.
• Always grow - be a better teacher tomorrow than you were today.