7Habits of Highly Effective Students
Koontz is utilizing the practices and culture that is presented in Stephen Covey's book 7 Habits of Highly Effective Students.
 
 
We 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 work. 
 
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 play/win? 
 
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. 
 
6. Synergize
   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?
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