Sixth graders are on the brink of their teenage years. Knowing our students need to get from where they are now to where they want to be in the future, we help them acquire the necessary tools to make this transition. We help our 6th grade students with this challenge by using Sean Covey’s book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens. Along with reading the book, students do in-class personal reflections and activities to help them learn an approach to improve self-image, build friendships, resist peer pressure, achieve their goals, appreciate their parents, and tackle the challenges of current times.
This program is not unique to Del Mar Pines School but we do it better than most schools by reinforcing it through the year. We give our students the time and space to evaluate how they make choices and how their choices affect them and the people around them. Our students are encouraged to practice and utilize the learned principles throughout the year, so that when they leave our care, they have the tools necessary for a successful and fulfilling future.
Listed below are the 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens.
Be a leader
Turn setbacks into triumphs
Begin with the End in mind
Set a goal
Anticipate setbacks and cross roads
Have “ Option B, C, D” plans
Consider the consequences of your action first
Put first things first
Spend most of your time on the Big Rocks
Step into your COURAGE ZONE and out of your comfort zone
Watch out for the competing and comparing unless it’s against yourself
Seek first to understand; then to be understood
Don’t talk; just listen
Create a plan and take advantage of your teams diverse talents and skills