The Onionpatch Academy wholeheartedly embraces the principles and philosophy of the 7 Habits. It is in direct relation to our core values, creed and motto.

"What I am looking for is not out there, it is within me." - Helen Keller

7 habits

Be proactive -being courteous, using your manners, smiling, have a sense of humor, communicate effectively whether verbal or non verbal (body language, facial expressions), listening effectively, problem solving and stress management.

7 habits

Begin with the end in mind –what do I want to accomplish by this activity. What are my objectives for the day, the week? What do I want my students to be able to do at the end of this lesson, this week?

7 habits

Put first things first –develop a plan/outline for your day or even the time you have set aside to do you lesson planning. Organize your day so that you can accomplish what you set out to – meet your objectives.

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Think win-win –everyone’s opinion is valuable. Stop looking at the next person as your competition but rather your teammate, someone you can learn from and who can learn from you.

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Seek first to understand and then to be understood –take the time to share with each other regarding your lesson plans, student issues and concerns. Help to create an environment that is mutual trust, respect and understanding and less negative, judgmental and critical.

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Synergize –together everyone achieves more

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Sharpen the saw –be healthy in mind, body and spirit. Find your peace and inner joy.



Action – Teacher

Action - Student

Habit 1: Be Proactive

control your environment

Organize yourself, set up areas for specific learning opportunities – creative (art and craft, dress up), music and movement (instruments, sand and water play) literacy (books, alphabet chart) and numeracy (counting blocks, toys). Ensure class area is decorated with items to enhance the theme

Pick up toys and clothes
Help with dinner
Help get clothes/school bag ready for the next day
Feed pet
Greeting people who visit OPA

Habit 2: Begin With the End in Mind

seek desired outcomes and concentrate on activities to achieve those outcomes

Create objectives that will develop new skills or enhance existing skills of your students. Observe and assess your students regularly

Sequence events to get you from A to B e.g. getting ready for bed, getting ready for a test

Habit 3: Put First Things First

manage self first and then others

Use lesson plans to organize your students learning and activities.

Homework and chores before play.

Habit 4: Think Win-Win

look for solutions where everyone gains

Staff meetings will be held the last Friday of every month for the purpose of sharing ideas and resolving issues.

When playing games or with toys, think of ways everyone can enjoy the activity.

Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood

develop and maintain good relationships through effective communication – you should understand your workers and they should understand you

Leaders will meet with teams once a week to discuss any particulars including field trips or other mutual activities. This is also a time for collaboration.

Listen before acting
Show compassion
Use social and communication skills

Habit 6: Synergize

synergize – work together to achieve goals

The team can work together to improve curriculum implementation, instruction, assessment and overall enhancement of the Onionpatch brand.

Work together as a TEAM
Show initiative

Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw

strive for work- life balance


Staff are encouraged to take walks on their refreshment break or be involved in other activities to assist with work life balance.

Express feelings in healthy ways
Develop healthy habits

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