Koontz is utilizing the practices and culture that is presented in Stephen Covey's book 7 Habits of Highly Effective Students.
are using the following practices day in and day out throughout the
school year in order to help them become strong, successful leaders.
1. Be Proactive.
The goal for this habit is to ensure that students begin to do the
right thing without being asked. Being proactive is a way of living that
allows you to instinctively do what needs to be done and setting an
example. For example- if you see a piece of trash on the ground, picking
it up without being asked (because you know it is the right thing to
do) is being proactive.
This habir can also be applied to
homework. If you teacher give you all of your homework for the week on
Monday but you know that you have swim lessons on Tuesday and Thursday,
being proactive is working ahead so that you do not get behind on the
2. Begin with the End in Mind
This habit is used to focus on what you want to accomplish. If you look
at your planner and notice that you have a test on Friday, if you begin
with the end in mind then you can start studying ahead of time rather
than the day of or night before. This works the same for Report Cards.
If you want to get an A in math this 9 weeks, you need to begin the 9
weeks with this in mind and continue to work towards this goal.
3. Put First Things First
This habit has been used for years by parents and teachers. Make sure
that you do your homework before you go play outside. Complete your
chores before you play video games. Study for your test before you call
you friend. All of these are examples of putting first things first.
Making a list of things that you know you need to get done and a list of
things you want to get done then numbering them in order of importance
is a great way to practice this habit!
4. Think Win-Win
'How can everyone be happy?' 'What can I do to help everyone succeed?'
This habit focuses on helping students realize how to create success in
all areas. Staying organized is a great way to practice this habit.
This habit can also be applied to other aspects of school, especially
recess. If you're playing 4-square but you have 5 people who want to
play, what is a win-win situation that you can use to help everyone get a
chance to play? What about in kickball and you have 7 people who want
to play but need equal teams? What can you do to help everyone
5. Seek First to Understand, Then be Understood.
Before you interject your opinion or comment, listen to the entire
story. What is the person trying to say? What are they telling you? Do
not be quick to judge because you may not know the entire story. This
habit applies to many aspects but one example is clothing. Before you
judge the person who is wearing the same shirt two days in a week,
listen to their story. Their parents may have just lost their job, it
may be their favorite shirt, or their Mom did laundry in the middle of
the week and they forgot they wore it already that week.
This habit focuses on teamwork and working together. It is important
that we take the time to listen to our teammates, classmates, or
coworkers while we are working together. Bouncing ideas of each other,
talking through difficult subjects, and making sure that we are all on
the same path is important to being a leader. We all have something
special and important to offer the group, this is the time to share it!
7. Sharpen the Saw
This is taking all the habits and self-evaluating and practicing them
daily. Take the time for you and yourself to reflect and improve. What
can you do tomorrow that was better than what you did today? How can you
make sure that everyone wins? What did you do right this week? What can
you improve on? Was your report card what you had hoped for?