Some of the most impactful learning that takes place at Hoosac, doesn't happen in a traditional classroom setting. Instead, it comes from more organic origins, from instruction that is planned, but based in discussion, comparison and collaboration. One such way of implementing this type of learning is diving deeply into a topic as a community.
During the third trimester Hoosac will incorporate the principles of the seven habits of highly effective teens into our all school meetings, our classrooms and most importantly, our adviser groups. These principals are rooted in the book, The Seven Habits of Highly Successful People, written by Stephen Covey, first published in 1989, as a business and self-help book.
Mr. Covey's son, Sean, then took those guiding principles and authored the teenage version, The Ultimate Teenage Success Guide. Every Hoosac student was given a copy to read over the spring break. Now, over the course of the next 8 weeks, the teachers and students will examine, present and practice these seven habits and spend time on self-reflection to see if they do indeed make a difference.
Each week a new habit will be introduced during all school meeting and then examined in greater detail during advisor meetings. Presentations will be made, thoughts shared and expressed and at the end the year, all involved will have improved not only their leadership potential but their life skills as well. Leadership doesn't just happen, it has to be nurtured and that is what Hoosac is doing for our students.