Habitudes Launch: Teaching Students to Lead Themselves Well
Each year at North Cobb Christian School we have a theme verse that guides our discussions and thoughts at a deeper level. This year's verse is Proverbs 4:23: “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” The verse is timely as we launch Habitudes, a Growing Leaders program focused on helping students navigate life’s unique obstacles and possibilities.
Tim Elmore, the founder and president of Growing Leaders, defines a leader as someone who has influence. As teachers and staff members at NCCS one of the best opportunities we have is to help students develop leadership habits and attitudes that will flow from a guarded heart and impact the world. Life’s opportunities and obstacles will be difficult chapters in our stories that we will need to manage and overcome, but how we respond to these situations will reflect our true character.
This year’s curriculum is Book One of Habitudes which teaches students how to lead themselves well. We will focus on ten different Habitudes with one launched in chapel each month and then reinforced in our community groups throughout the month. The common language developed through this journey will allow a core vocabulary to infiltrate every aspect of our school. Each Habitude unit begins with a dilemma leading to an image which opens up a conversation and an experience that we pray will change the lives of our students. A couple weeks ago at the middle and upper school retreats, we launched the first Habitude called the Iceberg, representing the importance of our character. The ten percent above the water is your skill and the ninety percent below the water is your character. It's what is below the surface that sinks ships.
As new Habitudes are introduced, parents will receive an email with material to help you engage in conversations about the various Habitudes with your children. I hope you will join in the discussion and partner with us as we endeavor to help students in the following ways:
- break free from negative peer pressure and influence others in a positive way
- experience greater empathy and minimize students giving each other a difficult time
- embrace a growth mindset that values hard work, resilience, and grit
- develop critical thinking skills that produce better life choices such as: choosing healthy friendships, improving study habits, and setting goals
- capitalize on personal strengths, gifts, aptitudes, and abilities to understand the call that God has on their life
We look forward to what God will do in the lives of our staff and students as we continue this journey together.
Head of School
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