Teaching career and life skills to elementary school students

Northeast Alabama
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CROSSVILLE, Ala. -- Crossville Elementary is implementing a process throughout the entire school that's teaching kids from kindergarten to third grade, skills that could, in the very distant future,  land them a job.

Thomas Luther, Bryant Ramsey and Shayla Hernandez are students at Crossville Elementary.

All over their school are phrases and pictures that are aimed at motivating students. The upbeat and colorful artwork and phrases are part of a school wide process that's gearing the kids for their futures.

When the students were asked what the process is, they all brightenedup. "Seven habits," Thomas explains. "The first habit is be proactive," Shayla chimes in. Bryant adds "Help each other."

The process called Leader in Me encompasses all of those aspects.

The initiative focuses on the seven habits of highly successful people and those habits are splashed throughout the school, and taught in classrooms.

Lisa Nabors stands in front of her classroom with dozens of first grade eyes trained on her. "Let's do the seven habits," she instructs. The kids comply in unison, a testament to the idea the process should be taught and seen in all aspects of the school. "

For years we've been telling our students 'you can do it', 'have that can do attitude', 'strive for success', but we've never really told them how," Nabors explains.

Leader in Me implements guidance and ideas into the classroom.  "Stakeholders were asked, parents and employers, they were asked 'what do you want to see in this next generation of kids?' and a lot of people said we want someone who will look us in the eye, shake our hand, show up to work on time," Nabors says.

The process guides the students to have habits they can carry with them in their lives. "My favorite habit is be proactive," Thomas says. "Think win win," explains Bryant. "Put first things first," Shayla ends.

The school sends kids home with literature for their parents and involves them in the process.

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