By Matthew Tungate
Earlier this year, Katy Paas was having trouble with her 1st-grade class at Campbellsburg Elementary School (Henry County) being too talkative during activity time. While there is little exceptional in that, what is exceptional is how they responded, she said.
The class wanted her to take away recess and other important behavior rewards.
“Then one of my students raised her hand and said she was feeling sad because we read our class promise each morning and say we will choose to learn and sometimes it will be hard, and right now it’s hard, but we are giving up. That’s not keeping our promise,” she said. “Then another little girl raised her hand, and said she wanted to go to college one day and all of the talking was getting in the way of that.”
The class promise and setting long-term goals are part of the school’s involvement in The Leader in Me (LIM), where students learn behaviors meant to make them successful in school and in life.
“At that point, I had realized my kids had started to own their learning. Are they perfect? No way, but it’s times like these I know LIM has positively impacted their learning,” Paas said.
Based on Stephen Covey’s 1989 book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, proponents say The Leader in Me produces transformational results such as higher academic Continue Reading