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7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens

If you’re familiar with the popular book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens by Sean Covey, you’ll understand just how big of an impact these habits can have on nearly all aspects of a teen’s life as he or she grows and matures.

Back in November, Huston Middle School Principal Brian Ferra and Assistant Principal Autumn Turk became familiar with the seven habits after having met Dr. Mitchell Nichols during an in-service with the BSD staff on how to build a positive school climate. They were so impressed by this workshop that they decided to take the message a step further to work with HMS staff and students. As a result, Mr. Ferra and Ms. Turk elected to work with Dr. Nickols on the “seven habits of highly effective people” with staff members and the “seven habits of highly effective teens” with students.

Dr. Nichols met with staff and students by grade each month, starting in December. For example, he would stop in and meet with 6th-grade teachers from 7:45 to 8:15 to cover Habit 1: Being Proactive. Then, he would talk with 6th-grade students from 8:30 to 9:15 about the same topic. Dr. Nichols did this through March and was able to cover all seven habits by tackling one or two each month. His presentations ranged from videos to stories of life experiences to help get his point across to students about what it takes to be successful both in and out of the classroom.

“With middle school being such a time of change for students,” says Mr. Ferra, “we were looking for a way to provide our students with effective habits to become effective citizens of an ever-changing world.”

The complete list of the seven habits for effective teens is:

Habit 1: Be proactive
Habit 2: Begin with the end in mind
Habit 3: Put first things first
Habit 4: Think win-win
Habit 5: Seek first to understand, then to be understood
Habit 6: Synergize
Habit 7: Sharpen the saw


This month, Dr. Nichols will return to the middle school to do a final meeting with students on setting goals and building resilience and grit.

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