What Are the Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens, and How Can They Be Taught?


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According to the self-help book "The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens" by Sean Covey, the seven habits of highly effective teens are being proactive, beginning with the end in mind, putting first things first, thinking win-win, seeking first to understand then be understood, synergizing and sharpening the saw. These habits may be taught by providing teens self-awareness evaluations, asking teens to analyze healthy versus unhealthy habits and having teens apply the habits to real-world examples.

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In a lesson plan titled "Positive Steps" on CPALMS.org, teens in the classroom learn and study the seven habits of highly effective teens by filling out self-awareness evaluations that test prior knowledge of the habits and their abilities to look within themselves. Later in the lesson, teens create hypothetical personal bank accounts with the seven habits in mind. By applying the habits to a real-world example, teens experience how the habits work.

Similarly, having teens go on to analyze different habits helps them to learn the correct highly effective habits. Teens can compare and contrast some of the habits discussed in the book with other habits that they or their peers possess or have observed in others. They can also break down the seven highly effective habits themselves, evaluating the effective and defective aspects of the habits.

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