The second habit in Stephen Covey's book, Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, is "Begin With the End in Mind." We believe that this is a specifically important habit in education. We ask teachers to have a clear idea of where they are going before they start a unit. The unit assessment should be created before instruction begins. We ask students to have an outline before writing a paper.
Last year, we decided as a district that it was important to implement this habit and articulate the unique, common traits that a product of a Grand Rapids Christian education should have. Collaboratively as a staff, we created a "Portrait of a Graduate" that does just that:
By using their unique gifts to glorify God, pursue personal faith, and bring about shalom in the world, graduates of Grand Rapids Christian Schools will be...
Prepared to engage with a diverse range of people and ideologies.
COMMUNICATORS AND COLLABORATORS
Prepared to work in a team environment, articulate ideas, and consider multiple viewpoints.
Prepared to practice hospitality, compassion, service, and empathy for those around them.
Prepared to actively pursue greater wholeness in the world by working for justice and practicing stewardship.
CREATIVE SOLUTION FINDERS
Prepared to identify issues, engage in critical thinking, and persistently work toward solutions.
Prepared to live a life of discovery and wonder in God's world.
DISCIPLES OF CHRIST
Prepared to follow Christ with faithfulness, resilience, and humility in a broken but hopeful world.
It is our pleasure to partner with parents as we do this important work!