As educational trends continue to examine the need for the teach-ing of values, it is more important than ever to teach the value mostneeded for success: valuing oneself.During the self-centered years of adolescence, there is much tur-moil and self-examination. Astudent's lack of self-confidence canlead to failure. But through positive thinking, a student can break thefailure habit and become the controller of his own future rather thana victim of circumstance.Author Stephen Covey calls this "The Personality Ethic." Heexplains that success is "a function of personality, of public image, of attitudes and behaviors, skills and techniques that lubricate theprocesses of human interaction."It is the purpose of this curriculum guide to help teachers demon-strate to students that they can achieve success, that their attitudesand skills can improve, and that through the appropriate techniques,positive thinking can become the habit of choice.The lessons in this guide can be adapted for use in classroomsacross the curriculum and through a variety of grade levels. In addi-tion, personal issues classes and advisory or other extended groupsessions will greatly benefit from the techniques and activitiesoffered.From "Focusing on the positives" to "Feeling accepted," each of the lessons includes student-centered activities designed to under-score and illustrate the basic principles of the lesson. For you, eachlesson is accompanied by a teacher's introduction, set of purposes,and a preparation outline for all activities.Best of all, when used in conjunction with the newspaper, thisguide provides you and your students a real-life, down-to-earthapproach to positive thinking. It is the textbook that updates itself every day, the resource that talks to people about their lives and theircommunity, and the medium that brings world events to a more per-sonal level.
A letter to teachers