The Leader In Me at TGE

Below is information about The Leader In Me process and principles, how this is implemented at our school, and links to helpful resources.
About The Leader In Me

The Leader in Me is a whole school transformation process based on Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. It emphasizes 21st century leadership and life skills and a culture in which the central idea is that every child can be a leader. Visit The Leader In Me site to learn more, or ask us! We are always happy to share and to collaborate with families to support students in developing their leadership skills!

The Eight Great Traits of Toll Gate

The 7 Habits of Happy Kids create a common language used by all and are integrated into everything we do. An eighth habit is also included – Find Your Voice, and Inspire Others to Find Theirs. Below is an explanation of the habits.

Habit 1 — Be Proactive:  You’re In Charge

I am a responsible person. I take initiative. I choose my actions, attitudes, and moods. I do not blame others for my wrong actions. I do the right thing without being asked, even when no one is looking.

Habit 2 — Begin With the End in Mind:  Have a Plan

I plan ahead and set goals. I do things that have meaning and make a difference. I am an important part of my classroom and contribute to my school’s mission and vision. I look for ways to be a good citizen.

Habit 3 — Put First Things First:  Work First, Then Play

I spend my time on things that are most important. This means I say no to things I know I should not do. I set priorities, make a schedule, and follow my plan. I am disciplined and organized.

Habit 4 — Think Win-Win:  Everyone Can Win

I balance courage for getting what I want with consideration for what others want. I make deposits in others’ Emotional Bank Accounts. When conflicts arise, I look for Third Alternatives.

Habit 5 — Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood:  Listen Before You Talk

I listen to other people’s ideas and feelings. I try to see things from their viewpoints. I listen to others without interrupting. I am confident in voicing my ideas. I look people in the eyes when talking.

Habit 6 — Synergize:  Together Is Better

I value other people’s strengths and learn from them. I get along well with others, even people who are different from me. I work well in groups. I seek out other people’s ideas to solve problems because I know that by teaming with others, we can create better solutions than anyone of us can alone. I am humble.

Habit 7 — Sharpen the Saw:  Balance Feels Best

I take care of my body by eating right, exercising, and getting sleep. I spend time with family and friends. I learn in lots of ways and lots of places, not just at school. I find meaningful ways to help others.

Habit 8 – Find Your Voice, And Inspire Others Find Theirs

I know who I am and how I can use my unique gifts for the greater good, and I inspire others to discover and use theirs.

Student Leadership Teams

Each student in 1st – 4th grade at Toll Gate Elementary is part of a student leadership team of their choosing. Below is a list of the student leadership teams for the 2017-18 school year.

  • AR Tracking Team
  • Board Games
  • Chess
  • Coloring Club
  • Flash Photography
  • Friendship Circle
  • Gator Gathering Gang
  • Girl Power (3rd and 4th grades)
  • Growth Mindset (Brainology)
  • Health and Wellness
  • Hospitality
  • Invention Convention
  • Knitting and Latch hook
  • Marvelous Math Minds
  • Music
  • Puzzling Problem Solvers
  • Reader Leaders
  • Robotics and Coding
  • Running Club
  • Smile Makers
  • Student Lighthouse
  • Student Sunshine
Leadership Badge

Students are periodically selected to wear the Leadership Badge when they model a behavior specific to one of the habits. When a student is selected, the student wears the badge for an entire school day, a note goes home letting his/her family know the habit the student was modeling, and opportunities to share are also given during Morning Meeting.

Links to The Leader In Me Resources

Visit The Leader In Me site to learn more! This site is filled with additional resources and information, as well as examples of how The Leader In Me has impacted schools around the world. Best of all, there is a page specific to parents and families, including information on how you can support your child’s leadership development through activities at home. We encourage you to check it out!