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March 14, 2016

Use Books You Already Own to Help Teach "The Leader in Me"

By Brian Smith
Grades PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5

    I love teaching the seven habits from Stephen R. Covey’s The Leader in Me. For those of you unfamiliar with this whole-school transformation process, The Leader in Me, "teaches 21st century leadership and life skills to students and creates a culture of student empowerment based on the idea that every child can be a leader." These skills also apply to the adults in both our schools and in the homes of our students. To get a good overall picture of the process, Meghan Everette did a great job of describing the seven habits in her post "Getting Started With 'The Leader in Me'."

    I wanted to share the books that I use to teach the different habits to even the youngest of students.

     

    Habit 1: Be Proactive

    For this habit, you are looking for books that have characters taking the first steps to solving a problem. These are usually strong characters who go against the grain of society or make a change in the world.

    The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper
    Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman
    I Am Lucille Ball by Brad Meltzer

    Habit 1

     

    Habit 2: Begin With the End in Mind

    Goal setting is the main idea of this habit. The books to teach this habit need to focus on a character that goes through multiple steps to complete a task but who knows the entire time what she wants the outcome to be.

    Click, Clack, Moo, Cows that Type by Doreen Cronin
    Pancakes, Pancakes! by Eric Carle
    and then it’s spring by Julie Fogliano

    Habit 2

     

    Habit 3: Put First Things First

    This habit can be a difficult one for younger students to understand because it extends the goal setting and creates the steps needed to reach the goal. That's why these books are so important.

    The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
    Froggy Gets Dressed by Jonathan London
    The Little Red Hen by Paul Galdone

    Habit 3

     

    Habit 4: Think Win – Win

    The fourth habit is all about how to solve problems where everyone walks away happy with the solution. Compromise is the main idea of these books.

    Too Tall Houses by Gianna Marino
    The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister
    The Doorbell Rang by Pat Hutchins

    habit 4

     

    Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then be Understood

    This habit makes me think of the old saying “You have two ears and one mouth, so listen twice as much as you talk.” This helps remind us that we need to listen to others and understand their point of view before we attempt to convey our thoughts.

    I Love You, Stinky Face by Lisa McCourt
    The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown
    Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman

    habit 5

     

    Habit 6: Synergy

    Habit six is easily summed up as working together.

    Swimmy by Leo Lionni
    Stone Soup by Jon J Muth
    Three Hens and a Peacock by Lester Laminack

    Habit 6

     

    Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw

    This habit is about taking care of yourself and doing what you love and what you are talented at because we all need to remember that we are unique and we each have special gifts.

    Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late! by Mo Willems
    Owl Moon by Jane Yolen
    Spoon by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Scott Magoon

    Habit 7

    What books do you use to teach the seven habits?  Please share in the comments section below.

    Find me, dad2ella, on Twitter and Pinterest.

    I can’t wait to see you next time.

    I love teaching the seven habits from Stephen R. Covey’s The Leader in Me. For those of you unfamiliar with this whole-school transformation process, The Leader in Me, "teaches 21st century leadership and life skills to students and creates a culture of student empowerment based on the idea that every child can be a leader." These skills also apply to the adults in both our schools and in the homes of our students. To get a good overall picture of the process, Meghan Everette did a great job of describing the seven habits in her post "Getting Started With 'The Leader in Me'."

    I wanted to share the books that I use to teach the different habits to even the youngest of students.

     

    Habit 1: Be Proactive

    For this habit, you are looking for books that have characters taking the first steps to solving a problem. These are usually strong characters who go against the grain of society or make a change in the world.

    The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper
    Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman
    I Am Lucille Ball by Brad Meltzer

    Habit 1

     

    Habit 2: Begin With the End in Mind

    Goal setting is the main idea of this habit. The books to teach this habit need to focus on a character that goes through multiple steps to complete a task but who knows the entire time what she wants the outcome to be.

    Click, Clack, Moo, Cows that Type by Doreen Cronin
    Pancakes, Pancakes! by Eric Carle
    and then it’s spring by Julie Fogliano

    Habit 2

     

    Habit 3: Put First Things First

    This habit can be a difficult one for younger students to understand because it extends the goal setting and creates the steps needed to reach the goal. That's why these books are so important.

    The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
    Froggy Gets Dressed by Jonathan London
    The Little Red Hen by Paul Galdone

    Habit 3

     

    Habit 4: Think Win – Win

    The fourth habit is all about how to solve problems where everyone walks away happy with the solution. Compromise is the main idea of these books.

    Too Tall Houses by Gianna Marino
    The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister
    The Doorbell Rang by Pat Hutchins

    habit 4

     

    Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then be Understood

    This habit makes me think of the old saying “You have two ears and one mouth, so listen twice as much as you talk.” This helps remind us that we need to listen to others and understand their point of view before we attempt to convey our thoughts.

    I Love You, Stinky Face by Lisa McCourt
    The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown
    Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman

    habit 5

     

    Habit 6: Synergy

    Habit six is easily summed up as working together.

    Swimmy by Leo Lionni
    Stone Soup by Jon J Muth
    Three Hens and a Peacock by Lester Laminack

    Habit 6

     

    Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw

    This habit is about taking care of yourself and doing what you love and what you are talented at because we all need to remember that we are unique and we each have special gifts.

    Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late! by Mo Willems
    Owl Moon by Jane Yolen
    Spoon by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Scott Magoon

    Habit 7

    What books do you use to teach the seven habits?  Please share in the comments section below.

    Find me, dad2ella, on Twitter and Pinterest.

    I can’t wait to see you next time.

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