Covey’s 7 Habits Revisited

The educational playing field is shifting.

  • Content
  • Pedagogy
  • Assessment
  • Evaluation
  • Technology
  • Readiness

Teachers must maintain an effective position to serve their customers, “students” and all stakeholders in the education delivery process.

Anticipating this shift, I decided to revisit a significant work written for personal and business effectiveness,

Dr. Stephen Covey’s, “7 Habits of Highly Effective People”

It maintains a lasting presence in my work in each marketplace I have chosen to participate.

Its tenets frame every activity in which I engage.

I see traces and reframed concepts in the work of more contemporary authors.

  • Be proactive
  • Begin with the end in mind
  • Put first things first
  • Think win / win
  • Seek first to understand, then to be understood
  • Synergize
  • Sharpen the Saw: mentally, spiritually, emotionally, physically


Creating an environment for all things to occur requires educators to push the boundaries of the traditional classroom and use an integrative holistic approach and create a new place for learning to occur.

  • A place where guiding principles are practiced to insure consistency in the agenda.
  • A place where deliverables target the true customer(s) and stakeholders in the process.


Content initiatives (SPI’s, “ I Can Statements”, CCSS), pedagogical revisions (Growth Mindset, MKT & Accountable Talk), assessment (Summative, Formative, PARCC, MIST, Mastery or Standards based grading), career-readiness activities (TNPromise: K-14, Internship/recruitment, hour(s) of code), technology integration (1:1, Technology goes Home, “free/reduced internet service, social media communication), PBL (discovering essential understandings), STEM/STEAM (creative problem solving), Heutagogy, Adrogogy (student centered, self-directed learning), et al.

I want to align my actions to maximize effectiveness and deliver quality in and out of the classroom to my customers / clients / stakeholders.

After recently completing work as a Tennessee Core Coach for the new state standards and reviewing the blueprints for the new assessments to teachers across the state, I am preparing to deliver Geometry content and Credit Recovery using Edgenuity.

I am using this series of blog postings to  personally reconnect with these tenets and plan my work in the classroom for 2015-16.

The re-examination of these concepts in the form of Blog Posts will, for me, solidify my thinking for this plan and transition to the 2015-16.

Your comments would be appreciated.


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