Hello amazing teachers,
Here is a quick summary of the first part of Chapter 4 of The Leader in Me.
This chapter revolves around the idea of creating a leadership culture at school.
It begins by talking about the little-known 8th Habit – Find Your Voice, and Inspire Others to Find Theirs.
It tells an inspirational story of Olivia, a quiet third-grader who surprised everybody by making a presentation to over 200 adults on Leadership Day.
The chapter continues with focusing on the idea of creating a highly effective “habitat.”
“…miracles can happen when students are placed in a highly effective habitat..”
According to the book, “Positive habits produce better habitats, and positive habitats produce better habits.”
Many schools react to issues at their schools, “leaping from crisis to crisis.” “The Leader in Me is very proactive, culture-by-design approach, as opposed to culture-by-chance approach.”
There are three primary areas of focus:
The School Environment Shared Leadership Leadership Events
The School Environment – What is seen, heard, and felt
What is Seen – The Physical Environment – With the focus on decorating the hallways with illustrations of the Habits, “The entire building sends a message that says, ‘This is a place where expectations are high and where learning can be fun.’”
What is Heard – A Common Language – The 7 Habits become something that are communicated throughout the school by the entire staff.
I like where the book said that true educators are “interior designers – those who know how to inspire the beauty that is inside students.”
What is Felt – The Emotional Environment – We can create a school environment that “feels” different. Students feel more self-confident, more engaged, better about themselves academically and socially.
Students don’t just need to hear about the four basic needs – Physical, Emotional, Mental, and Spiritual, they need to feel them as well.
The book encourages schools to find opportunities to give students leadership roles.
“Most schools give student leadership responsibilities, but limit it to a select few who have proven themselves or were elected by peers. But what about the remaining students, the other 98 percent? Will they ever be given a chance to be leaders?”
Some examples of opportunities where students can “feel” what it means to be responsible are organizing books, announcing lunch menus, collecting homework, passing out supplies, greeting guests, taking notes to the office, leading the national anthem, dispensing hand sanitizer, etc.
“It teaches them that being a leader means being a contributor, and sometimes doing what others will not do. It allows students to feel regular successes. They feel of worth, appreciated.”
“Fulfilling leadership roles, even simple ones, can be behavior changing, if not life changing for students.” The book shares a really good inspirational story of a bully who became a protector. You’ll have to read that story on your own. : ) It’s on page 80.
That’s all for now…