Twin Oaks shows students to take charge with Leader in Me

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At Twin Oaks Elementary School in Rocklin, you’ll find students confidently shaking adults’ hands, keeping their classmates in a straight line, greeting people at the classroom door and taking on other leadership opportunities. It’s all part of a program the teachers are implementing into their lessons called The Leader in Me. Based off of Dr. Stephen R. Covey’s book “The Leader in Me,” which features the seven habits of highly effective people, Twin Oaks students are putting those habits into action in and out of the classroom. “The book is about character building and being a leader,” Twin Oaks first-grade teacher Carol Strand said. “It’s a way to teach, getting kids to believe in themselves.” Twin Oaks teachers began the program at the start of the school year and have already seen changes in the students. More than 180 schools throughout the world are implementing the program, according to The Leader in Me website. In Strand’s classroom, students volunteer to take on leadership roles – one student leads the morning calendar routine, another student is the paper collector. Through these small changes, Strand said the students carry themselves better and helps build self-esteem. The seven habits create a common language. Habits include habit 1 of being proactive and in charge; habit 3 teaches students that work comes first, then play; habit 5 teaches students to listen before they talk; and habit 6 encourages people to work together. “No matter what age a person is – young or old – this is good stuff,” Strand said. An information event, open to the community, will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Thursday, March 3 at Twin Oaks Elementary School. The showcase will introduce people to “The Leader in Me” story and habits. ~Lauren Gibbs Leader in Me showcase day When: 9 a.m. to noon, March 3 Where: Twin Oaks Elementary School, 2835 Club Drive, Rocklin Register: Information: Angie Witzel at (801) 467-6152