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7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens Lesson Plans

Updated on January 5, 2017

Teach The 7 Habits in Class

This resource page is all about the The 7 Habits For Highly Effective Teens.

As fun as it may be to be a teenager it can also be very challenging. In The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens, author Sean Covey integrates the phenomenal principles his father, Stephen R. Covey created in his widely known book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. Sean Covey does an excellent job re-engineering his father's principles by rephrasing, re-purposing, so as to direct the acquiring of the 7 habits towards teens and the tough issues and life-changing decisions they typically go through. Sean Covey provides a step-by-step guide to assist teens through improved confidence, self-image, on how to build friendships, resist peer pressure, achieve their dreams, and much more. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens book will engage teenagers unlike any other book, and now there is an effective way to help them apply the wisdom from the book with various well put together curriculum for your class.

Intelligence + Character = True Education

"The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education." - Marting Luther King Jr.

7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens

7 habits of highly effective teens lesson plans
7 habits of highly effective teens lesson plans

The 7 habits of Highly Effective Teens is Sean Covey's masterpiece. His mission to inspire greatness in youth is pretty darn cool, and he really lays down a world-class foundation that gives teens an advantageous start to be effective young citizens, which is a cornerstone of being GREAT. If you are looking for other excellent resources that Sean Covey has put together, then I highly recommend you take a look at his site at He has the Leader In Me Program for educators, and a few good work books. However, If you are looking for lesson plans that are related to his book and that are teacher oriented, then keep reading on. Below you will find more information regarding lesson plans for the 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens.

Below is a brief description of each highly effective habit that our youth is in dire need of learning.

  1. Habit 1: Be Pro-Active

    The 1st habit is essentially about taking initiative in one's life. This means taking charge of one's life by understanding that our every decision is ultimately the key deciding factors for how our life turns out, and how effective we are. This habit is also about taking ultimate responsibility for the choices we make and being willing to accept the consequences of those choices.

  2. Habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind

    The 2nd habit is about big picture thinking. This habits requires a bit of self-discovery and gaining clarity on what our most deeply held values and life goals are. The habit calls for us to get in touch with our ideal characteristics for each of our various roles and relationships in life, so that we can ultimately be guided to live by those ideals. The habit is also useful to implement with projects that we undertake.

  3. Habit 3: Put First Things First

    Habit 3 is about living a more balanced existence. This habit requires that we recognize that not doing everything that comes along is okay. Ultimately, this habit is about life management, by realizing that it's all right to say no when necessary, especially so we can focus on your highest priorities and goals in life.

  4. Habit 4: Think Win-Win

    The 4th Habit is ultimately a character-based code for human interaction and collaboration. The concept of Win-Win thinking, is about perceiving life as a cooperative arena, not a competitive one. Win-win is a mindset that puts a focus on finding a mutual benefit in all human interactions. This habits teaches that agreements or solutions are mutually beneficial and satisfying, and the we, in all our interactions, can get to a place where everybody wins.

  5. Habit 5: Seek First to Understand Then to be Understood

    Habit 5 puts an emphasis on the use of empathetic listening to be genuinely influenced by a person. Following this habit, ultimately compels our audiences to reciprocate the listening we provided them, and then allows them to have an open mind to being influenced by us. This habit ultimately helps to create an atmosphere of trust, and sincere problem solving.

  6. Habit 6: Synergize

    Habit 6, the habit of synergizing, is in its simplest form, a focus on team work, as "two heads are better than one." In essence, Synergize is the habit of creative cooperation. It is an approach that requires collaboration, open-mindedness, and the interest in finding new solutions to old problems.

  7. Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw

    The 7th Habit is all about the preserving and enhancing the greatest asset we have--ourselves. Practicing this habit means to ensure we have a balanced program for self-renewal in the four specific areas of our life: physical, social/emotional, mental, and spiritual. Ultimately, if we make it a habit to renew ourselves in each of these four areas, we can create growth and change in our lives. The Sharpen the Saw keeps us fresh so we can continue to practice the other six habits indefinitely.

Teach the Habit of Thinking BIG


Ever taught the 8th Habit?

Have you ever taught the 8th Habit? If you said no, it's because there isn't one. However, if there was one, I imagine it would be the Habit of Thinking Big. Have you considered exposing your students to habits related to THINKING BIG? If not, but you've always wanted to find a resource that would allow you to do so, then I have found a pretty AWESOME resource to help you get started....and it's FREE!

Life is a Mission

"Life is a mission, not a career. A career is a profession, a mission is a cause. A career asks, What's in it for me? A mission asks, How can I make a difference?" -- Sean Covey


Leader in Me

Franklin Covey has also come out with a somewhat new educational resource called the Leader in Me. It is a robust educational program built for teachers. The program delves into the teaching of leadership qualities early, and it most certainly uses the Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens as the foundation of its message. If you haven't heard of this resource, and you are interested in incorporating something of this sort at your sure to check them out Here.

"If you decide to just go with the flow, you'll end up where the flow goes, which is usually downhill, often leading to a big pile of sludge and a life of unhappiness. You'll end up doing what everyone else is doing."

— Sean Covey

A well-developed lesson plan reflects the interests and needs of the students. In addition, a well-developed lesson plan incorporates the best practices for the educational field. The lesson plan correlates with the teacher's philosophy of education, which is what the teacher feels is the purpose of educating the students.

These particular lesson plans will help the teacher convey the values of the 7 habits of highly effective teens to their students. Allowing the teacher to seamlessly integrate the principles of self-mastery, interdependence (i.e. working with others), and self-rejuvenation into an effective classroom experience. They are truly the perfect leadership lesson plans.

Isn't it Silly?

"Isn't it kind of silly to think that tearing someone else down builds you up?" - Sean Covey

Character Education
Character Education

Life Skills and Character Development

One of the great things about Sean Covey's work in the 7 habits of highly effective teens is that it was created to help out the youth of today. The book really does provide some much needed clarity and guidelines for living that teens need in this day and age. My wife was fortunate enough to come across this amazing book, and even more fortunate to have been able to teach it to her middle school kids.

Character is so essential in the development of a child, if he/she is to one day become a truly well-rounded, and responsible contributor to our society. My hope is that this wonderful 7 habits life skills and character building resource will be made more available to students and teens around the country.

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Best of luck in your teaching endeavors.... and thanks for being a teacher! I appreciate the fact that you are helping change the world in addition to making it a better place through educating our youth.

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      tinkaa 3 years ago

      @jgardnersr: your right

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      Lee Nitus 3 years ago

      @martingallagher: Thanks Martin! I appreciate the compliment.

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      martingallagher 3 years ago

      Wonderful! What a great idea for lens!

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      jgardnersr 4 years ago

      @Adventuretravels: I agree that teens are the best. I love their youthful enthusiasm.

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      Lee Nitus 4 years ago

      @Adventuretravels: Glad you enjoyed it!

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 4 years ago from Perth UK

      Hooray - a fantastic lens. Teens are great people - it's a shame they get such bad press. It's not fair. I think they're cool, ready for action and really mean it when they say they're sorry. They have so much to learn and are very vulnerable. Thye love nothing better than to talk about themselves! Being a school teacher myself, this is the age I chose to work with, because they are ready for the next step. Great lens. thanks.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      very nicely done I am new to SQUIDOO, I would love for you to check out mine. I am a public school teacher trying to help new teachers with 21st century ideas. Your like would be awsome!!!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I can't wait to use this with my students!

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      PhilosMudis1 5 years ago

      Some great directions for teens. I do believe that teens who master how to deal with peer pressure can really enjoy the happiness that life holds for each one of us, however little.

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      Joan Haines 5 years ago

      I used this book with some middle school gifted students years ago. It makes teens think about what the heck they are doing, and why they're doing it. Thanks for the encouragement for us teachers too! "Squid Angel blessed."

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      GregKuhn 5 years ago

      Nathan, really great lens here. I once created a lesson plan for teaching the Seven Habits to ex-convicts which is still being used. Yours is one I'll not only use with my students but also share with other teachers! I have a lens about teaching - helping teachers learn great classroom management techniques. I'd be honored if you gave it a read and, if you're so inclined, letting me know what you think. Either way, thank you again for this great resource!

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      Lee Nitus 5 years ago

      @mdeakub: Thanks mdeakub. Teaching teens and parents the 7 habits is what Covey would call, a "Win/Win" situation. All the best.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      good lens

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      mdeakub 5 years ago

      Seems effective to learn for parents and teachers to manage & guide teens. Keep updating. Thanks!

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      Lee Nitus 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Thanks for stopping by dkmitchell27! I appreciate your feedback on the 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens Lesson Plans page. All the best!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Great review. Life Skills should be a part of every curriculum. Life is a business. Thank you for the great post.

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      Heidi Reina 6 years ago from USA

      I've worked with 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and thought my daughter would find the Teens book useful. Not so much yet. I'll try again in a few years.

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      Lee Nitus 6 years ago

      @lasertek lm: Excellent resource lasertek. Thanks for your feedback. I'll be sure to recommend your site to visitors who are seeking Free Curriculum. Please be sure to recommend this site to teachers interested in character lesson plans and/or leadership lesson plans. Thanks again!

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      Lee Nitus 6 years ago

      @readtoawake: Hi Read to wake, I will certainly look into your blog. I have read also read The Richest Man in Babylon, and it is one of the few books that I recommend to all of my family members. It certainly does give great insight on personal finances. Of course, learning how to be a person of character always comes first in my family... so, the 7 habits of highly effective teens would be recommended first, then perhaps the richest man in babylon. :) Thanks for your feedback

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      readtoawake 6 years ago

      Great Review of a Great Book, I think everyone should read this book.

      THE RICHEST MAN IN BABYLON is the classical personal finance book. This is a small book but it has improved the financial life of millions of people around the world; more than 2 million copies of this book have been sold. The book is very interesting and full of short stories of the rich people who reveal the secrets of their wealth.

      If you want to become successful and financially free then you should read good books like this one. I have started a blog where I publish short summaries of Best-selling books.

      You can read a Bestseller Book in Only 10 Minutes. Visit my Blog

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      Lee Nitus 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Thanks Karmicchristian! I sincerely appreciate the feedback :)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      A very nice highlight on Sean Covey's work!

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      lasertek lm 6 years ago

      really nice collection of books!

      Take a peek at my lens, Homeschooling 101: Guide to Free Curriculum and Other Resources.