Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Habit 2 - Begin with the End in Mind

This habit teaches our students that mental creation precedes physical creation.  It is the thought that you live life by design, and not through default.  In essence it is teaching students the ability to make a plan.
    One important behavior that we are working on with our students is to envision outcomes before you act.  If students are able to do this they will have a clearer definition of their desired results. By knowing exactly what they want to accomplish students will have a greater sense of meaning and purpose in their work.
     Giving students the ability to make meaning of their work will also give them criteria for deciding what is or is not important.  Being able to determine importance will allow our students to improve their outcomes.
     One activity that can really help clarify what is most important to students is having them write a personal mission statement.  This statement helps provide students with focus and allows them to design their life instead of feeling like it is designed for them.  Personal mission statements can be used to guide day-to-day decisions students must make.  It can act like a road map guiding students based on what is most important to them.

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