Highly Effective Students

There was a time when I turned to the popular business improvement literature for ideas on how to be a better teacher.  I reasoned that since a business is necessarily grounded in reality, by its profit and loss statement if nothing else, the various authors’ recommendations would be effective and actually work.  I read such books as Stephen Covey’s Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, Peter Senge’s The Fifth Discipline and Tom Peter’s A Passion for Excellence among others.  I am changed by the experience – in my view of myself as a working professional, in my perspectives on the institutions I have worked for, in my views on the educational systems in this country, and in the demands I make on myself and my students.

All this is to explain the title of the following list that appears in all my class syllabi.

Five Habits of Highly Effective Students

  1. They show up on time or early.
  2. They show up ready to work and prepared for the day.
  3. They have done their homework.
  4. Their work shows they care.
  5. They actively participate in the endeavors of the day.

About jrh794

I am a sixty-five year old math instructor at Southern Oregon University. I taught at the College of the Siskiyous in Weed California for twenty-six years. Prior to that I worked as a computer programmer, carpenter and in various other jobs. I graduated from Rice University in 1967 and have a MS in Operations Research from Stanford. In the past I have hand-built a stone house and taken long solo bicycle tours. Now I ride my mountain bike and play golf for recreation.
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