Tonight, a group of community members met for the first time to discuss our district’s jump into “The Leader in Me” program, and discuss the book by the same name. For those who don’t know it’s a spin off of Stephen Covey’s popular 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, a book written in 1989.

The Leader in Me plays off of those seven habits of the above mentioned book: Be Proactive, Begin with the End in Mind, Put First Things First, Think Win-Win, Seek first to Understand Then to be Understood, Synergize, and (my favorite) Sharpen the Saw. The first three are more internal, while the last four are more public.


Well, as we talked tonight, I was the “staff representative” who could answer the teacher end of this. I was surrounded by a bunch of professional women, all of whom had kids in the elementary or middle school.


The discussion then went briefly to an author named Cy Wakemen and the comment of “What can I do to add value to a situation?” That got me thinking: what can I do to add value to my classroom? To my school? To my 6th grade team? To those in our middle school, school site, and our district as a whole?

I know that I do, there’s no doubt. I have tech skills, relationship building skills, and so forth, but is this enough?

But, do my students gain value from what I’m doing?

Is what we are doing, not teaching the skills students truly need, is that giving them value? Again, I’m not sure. We are giving them value, but is it the right value? Will our Leader in Me program bring these in?

I hope so. I’m excited about this program, but there’s a lot to think about where are students are at right now, and where we want them to go.

Anyway, some deep thoughts by Darin tonight. 🙂