Biddeford Middle School
Recently at the MAMLE conference held at Sugarloaf I sat with a team of educators at lunch and we had a delightful conversation. Much to my surprise when lunch was over and the awards were presented the three teachers were representing their middle school team from Biddeford who received the MAMLE “team award”. The following briefly explains the recognition and why their team was celebrated.
As a result of a year and a half preparation by the 7 Habits Committee, Biddeford Middle School devoted a week last January to unfold, introduce and practice the 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens/People Porgam. Staff read Covey’s book over the summer of 2011 and spent the fall semester developing the program.
The 7 Habits Program is directly related to developing positive habits and relationship among teens and pre-teens. The habits focus on “private victory”:
- Be proactive
- Begin with the end in mind
- Put first things first. Then students learn about “public victory”.
- Think win-win
- Seek first to understand, then to be understood
- Synergize. Finally the focus changes to personal renewal
- Sharpen the saw
Staff and students participated in activities and skits that reinforced all habits. The 7 Habits Committee helped students become leaders in various activities throughout the week. Parents were invited to the activities and the community newspaper reported on the festivities. All in all, every member of the school was involved and continued to live by the seven habits throughout the spring. Reminders through visuals and actions of students and staff were witnessed every day. A great deal of interest and enthusiasm was generated well beyond the Biddeford community.
If you know of a team or a teacher who has a practice that you think should be nominated for MAMLE’s Exemplary Practice Award please go to MAMLE’s website and download the nomination forms.