Last week, we introduced a vital element of iLEAD Agua Dulce’s approach to education — The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. Learning and practicing the 7 Habits has been instrumental to our learners’ success living out the iLEAD Agua Dulce motto of “free to think, inspired to lead” — not to mention how it helps our staff thrive.
This week, we’re continuing to unpack the habits with Habit #1: Be Proactive. In short, being proactive is about taking responsibility for your life. Instead of reacting to or worrying about conditions over which they have little or no control, proactive people focus their time and energy on things they can control.
In general, most of us fall into one of two categories: Either we’re reactive to situations in life, affected by factors outside of ourselves and believing we have no control over situations — or we are proactive, realizing that we are “response-able” and that we have freedom to choose our responses. A proactive individual peppers their language with “I can” and “I will,” while a reactive person falls back on “I can’t” or “if only.”
In short, proactive people focus their efforts on what Dr. Stephen Covey calls their Circle of Influence. They work on the things they can do something about, like health or problems at work. On the flip side, reactive people focus their efforts in the Circle of Concern — things over which they have little or no control.
It has been amazing to see how understanding these concepts empowers iLEAD Agua Dulce learners to take charge and command over both their education and their lives. We’ve seen time and again how it trickles down to every aspect of their lives, and that is at the heart of the iLEAD Agua Dulce model: developing the whole child so that they are equipped to live with purpose and intent.
As Dr. Covey said, “The proactive approach to a mistake is to acknowledge it instantly, correct, and learn from it.” When children learn to apply this in an academic setting, it can only spread to every other area of life.
Next week, we’ll continue exploring what makes the iLEAD Agua Dulce approach to education so innovative, explaining Habit #2: Begin With the End in Mind.
For more information on the 7 Habits and other leadership resources, click here to visit the FranklinCovey website.
Aloha! We’re excited to share an incredible learning opportunity for summer break! Students who will be entering 7th-12th grade in the fall of 2020 are invited to travel to the beautiful Hawaiian island of Kaua’i this summer for Camp Kahili! There are four weeks available to campers, and you can opt to stay for one, two, three…or all four weeks!
Dear iLEAD Agua Dulce Families, We value your feedback! Next Monday, we will be asking you to take a brief survey to tell us about your experience with iLEAD Agua Dulce. To conduct our Family Survey, we have partnered with Panorama Education, who safeguard your privacy, keeping your responses confidential. The survey will be open
Please make sure to utilize the Valet at the lower lot for drop-off and pick up. The parking lot is for drop-off of classroom pets or learners who arrive after 8:45 a.m. The congestion of cars on the upper lot is unsafe for our learners and staff. We appreciate your support!