This chapter continues to focus on the idea that The Leader in Me is not an extra part of a teacher’s lesson, but rather something that can be incorporated into an existing lesson. We are given a few examples of how teachers have used the 7 Habits as part of a lesson.
On a personal note, I can see how I could have used this in my U.S. History lessons. I could have told my students how the British were not interested in implementing the Habit of Win-Win during the Revolutionary War.
Again, The Leader in Me, although can be taught as a stand-alone lesson, can be easily incorporated into your existing lessons, enhancing them as well as providing kids with some proven character lessons.
The first three habits – Be Proactive, Begin with the End in Mind, and Put First Things First are more to make the individual more successful. “Doing them well leads to what Dr. Covey calls the Private Victory.”
The next three habits – Think Win-Win, Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood, and Synergize are more to enable people to be more interdependent and have a “Public Victory.”
The last habit – Sharpen the Saw – “sustains and enables the first six habits, and focuses on the principles of renewal, continuous improvement and leading a balanced life.”
Two important points:
- Private victory precedes Public victory.
- The 7 Habits contain many traits and life skills that parents, business leaders and educators have been calling for students to be taught.
Teaching the 7 Habits can be done in three ways:
- Integrated instruction
- Direct Lessons
“This is not one more thing. It is a better way of doing what we are already doing.”
Stay tuned for more….