Leader in Me

Leader in Me is a whole school transformation process, based off of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Dr. Stephen Covey. The process that teaches 21st century leadership and life skills to students while creating a culture of student empowerment based on the idea that every child can be a leader. We sat down with students, staff and parents at Graham and Atwood to hear stories about the 7 Habits and how they are being used at school and at home.


 

Habit 1: Be Proactive

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One of my students was struggling to self-regulate her emotions. Then later that year, her family went through a traumatic experience. Her whole family was crying, and she stood in the middle of the room and said, ‘Be proactive. I’m in charge of me.’ Then she was totally calm.
— Lyndsey Lawrence, Graham Elementary teacher
 

Habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind

Yesterday, I asked for a Popsicle, but I couldn’t get it because my room was really messy. So I decided to clean up my room, then I got my Popsicle.
— Peyton Chatman, Kindergarten, Graham Elementary
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Habit 3: Put First Things First

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I’m learning how to play euchre. My mom was folding laundry and I wanted to help her so we could play euchre together.
— Matthew Higuchi, 2nd Grade, Atwood Elementary
 

Habit 4: Think Win-Win

If you are quiet in the hallways you get a peace sign. If you get 20 peace signs you get a prize and the other people can get work done because it is quiet.
— Lamiya Swope, 4th Grade, Graham Elementary
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Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood

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[The talking stick] gives us each a moment to listen to each other and to celebrate or help each other. When you come to our house there is communication, it is so fun and we have such a good time with it.
— Amy Harwedel, Graham Elementary parent
 

Habit 6: Synergize

For economics we made our own small businesses and we could hire people. So I hired two people to help me, I told them what I wanted done, they did it for me and they were nice about it.
— Eleanor Clayton, 3rd Grade, Atwood Elementary
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Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw

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At home, if I read a book for 20 minutes I have an extra 20 minutes to do fun stuff. When I have time to relax I am less tense and have more fun at school.
— Annabelle Rau, 5th Grade, Atwood Elementary
 

Marie C. Graham Elementary School is located in Harrison Township. Atwood Elementary School is located in Macomb Township.