Project: Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens

Teacher: Andrea Tapu
School: Alfriston College
Location: Manurewa Auckland, New Zealand
Start Date: 08/03/2009
End Date: 09/25/2009
Project Plan
Unique Requests of
Participating Mentors:

WE NEED: Mentors willing to work with students on a project focused on developing good habits for their personal life choices. MENTORS MUST BE down to earth, patient and willing to discuss cultural issues WILLING TO: Advise, encourage and support student by responding to messages a minimum of 2 times each week; provide relevant personal examples as they relate to our project/tasks; familiarize themselves with Sean Covey's 7 Habits for Highly Effective Teens book FYI: This is a pilot project for students in New Zealand.


Students will be reading parts of the Sean Covey book – 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens. The students will be challenged and supported by ITP mentors to apply the habits to their career and education plans.


The student will gain an understanding of positive habits that successful teens possess. The student will synthesize reactions from the mentor and form their own hopes and dreams for successful habits in his or her own life.



Grade Level:


Content Area:

Life Strategies, Personal Skills, Career/Educational Planning

Student Outcomes:

Students will read each section and complete tasks with support and advice from teachers and mentor. Students will begin to create a career and education plan toward future goals with feedback from mentors. Learners will ask for clarification on any advice given that he or she may not fully understand to ensure that they are on the same page and are moving forward in the same direction. Learners will take onboard feedback, ensure they understand what is suggested, then begin to create or implement stratigies to put feedback into action on either the tasks, career plan or education plan. Toward the end of each section students will evaluate and reflect on his or her career and education plan and how each habit and mentor feedback has helped clarify this for them. To keep track of this the student will maintain a folder of completed tasks (reflections and answers to specific activities), copies of all correspondence from the mentor, and final career and education plan for review.

Evaluation of
Student Outcomes:

On-going self-evaluation w/feedback from the mentor. A letter will be written to the mentor at the end of the project with reflections from the project.

Teacher Role:

Assist student w/technology (correspondence), familiarize students with the 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens through audio, book and discussion. The teacher will write weekly updates of project objectives to mentors.

Mentor Role:

Read the book 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens by Sean Covey and support the project plans submitted by the teacher. Assist students by providing guidance and encouragement to complete the project. Communicate with the student and provide your own personal experiences that relate to the book’s topics. The mentor will contact the teacher immediately if there are any technology or email difficulties. Encourage student completion of the "baby steps" at the end of each chapter.