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May 22, 2017

I am proud to be the Media Resource Specialist at a Leader in Me school.  We are a Title 1 bilingual school in north Dallas, and this program has provided wonderful support and direction for our students and staff.  This is the end of our second year and I hope to see our students continue to learn and develop their potential as leaders.  As the Media Resource Specialist (or librarian) I support this program in many different ways.  I order books with the habits in mind, and will share books with our school leaders pointing out specific traits I see in these books.  Our school also has a Habit of the Month which I support with book displays.   Books are only part of my job and I want the 7 Habits to integrate with all that we do.  For me that means MakerSpace.  We also have a DYNAMIC and ENGAGING MakerSpace.  The goals of my MakerSpace are the 5Cs:  Collaboration, Creativity, Communication, Citizenship and Critical Thinking.  The 5C's and the 7 Habits are a great pairing.  While students might be sent with a free choice pass, most often they come to complete the weekly challenge or some of my older groups use video equipment to complete Production Challenges.  I started at the end of this year to tie these to the monthly habit, but my goal for next year is to have challenges for EACH of the 7 Habits.  


Then I got stuck on Habit 1: Be Proactive.  I thought about having kids create "Calming Bottles" (still love this idea; but my MakerSpace is designed for all students K-5 to complete challenges independently as a small group of students in about 15-25 minutes......and that is just not a great adult free project. I was having glitter nightmares!).  I thought and thought and got nowhere, so I decided to reach out to, who else, other librarians!  I found I am not alone, and we have created a new Facebook Group of Leader In Me Librarians.  I hope to work with this great group to support each other and all schools become better Library Leaders of our little Leaders.  If you too are a Leader in Me Librarian, please join our group where you can find my post asking for challenge suggestions :-)


Here are the challenges I have done in the past:


End of the Year 7 Habits
Think Win Win

Seek First to Understand (this one was not popular and I will redesign next year)

Synergize (this was HUGELY popular)




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