September 12, 2012, Posted by 5th and 6th Grade Center in 5th & 6th Grade Center

5th and 6th Graders Learning New Habits, Starting with ‘Be Proactive’

This year, Poplar Bluff 5th and 6th graders are learning the “7 Habits of Highly Effective Students,” starting this month with Habit #1: “Be Proactive”. 

Each month, a new habit will be introduced.  September is the introduction of Habit #1:  Be Proactive.  To be proactive is to say, “I am the captain of my life. I can choose my attitude. I am responsible for my own happiness or unhappiness. I am in the driver’s seat of my destiny, not just a passenger.”

This video, which highlights some of our students explaining how they are proactive, was shown at a school-wide assembly on September 5th.

During the assembly, the students also watched and cheered as some of our teachers acted out a skit based on Aesop’s Fable, The Tortoise and the Hare. This fable helped our staff emphasize –in a fun, light-hearted way– the importance of taking charge of your own destiny. The tortoise was proactive and trained, asked for help, stayed on track, and won the race. The hare, on the other hand, was not proactive.  He did not train, did not stay on track, and lost the race.

Following the skit, Principal Mike Owen spoke to the students about what being proactive meant to him. The assembly ended with students learning a “Be Proactive” cheer.

We will start discussing Habit #2:  “Begin with the End in Mind” in October.  Our next assembly will take place on October 9th.

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