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    During the month of October we are focusing on Habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind. This Habit revolves around clearly defining your vision and purpose at school, at home, and in life. It deals with defining outcomes before we act and clarifying what is most important to each of us. Habit 2 provides us with direction and a clear definition of results by deciding on the criteria of what is or is not important to get the improved results and outcomes that we desire. More simply, Begin with the End in Mind means to think about how you would like something to turn out before you get started. Reading a recipe before cooking or looking at a map before leaving on a trip is beginning with the end in mind.

    Students can identify with Habit 2 by planning ahead and setting goals. In the classroom, students are utilizing Leadership Notebooks to develop learning goals and track their progress. We want our students to truly know how they are performing each day at school through recording and reviewing their own learning data. Leadership Notebooks also assist with students understanding that they are doing things that have meaning and make a difference. They are able to understand that they are an important part of their classroom community and contribute to the school's mission and vision.

    Sincerely,

    Scott P. Knoebel

    Scott P. Knoebel