The 8 Keys of Excellence is a character education program that provides a common framework for both teachers and students to use. The 8 Keys inspire students to model excellence in and out of the classroom.
The Classical Academies focus on the 8 Keys of Excellence through specialized lessons, assemblies, workshops, speakers, community service, and field trips. Teachers begin the year by presenting an overview lesson of the 8 Keys of Excellence to their students and reinforcing positive behavior throughout the year.
1. Integrity – Match behavior with values
Demonstrate your positive personal values in all you do and say. Be sincere and real.
2. Failure Leads To Success –Learn from mistakes
View failures as feedback that provides you with the information you need to learn, grow, and succeed.
3. Speak With Good Purpose – Speak honestly and kindly
Think before you speak. Make sure your intention is positive and your words are sincere.
4. This Is It! – Make the most of every moment
Focus your attention on the present moment. Keep a positive attitude.
5. Commitment – Make your dreams happen
Take positive action. Follow your vision without wavering.
6. Ownership – Take responsibility for actions
Be responsible for your thoughts, feelings, words, and actions. “Own” the choices you make and the results that follow.
7. Flexibility – Be willing to do things differently
Recognize what’s not working and be willing to change what you’re doing to achieve your goal.
8. Balance – Live your best life
Be mindful of self and others while focusing on what’s meaningful and important in your life. Inner happiness and fulfillment come when your mind, body, and emotions are nurtured by the choices you make.
The 8 Keys of Excellence were developed by Bobbi DePorter and our friends at the Quantum Learning Network – www.QLN.com