HabitWise: A Social-Emotional Learning Program for Schools
HabitWise is a social-emotional learning program that helps middle school and high school students achieve their goals by teaching them how to create and track good habits and also crush distracting bad habits. HabitWise is a critical addition to the curriculum for Health, Advisory, Guidance, and Character Education classes. The entire program is free-of-cost and available online.
When our students dream about the careers they want and the things they want to achieve in their personal lives, it’s important for them to understand how their habits can help turn their dreams into reality or just get in the way. About 40 percent of what we do every day is habit, so students need strategies that will help them stick to positive behaviors.
HabitWise lessons empower adolescents to use the psychology of habit formation to improve their mental and physical health, productivity, money management, and communication skills. At the end of the unit, students use a habit tracker to monitor their progress independently.
HabitWise adapts insights from bestsellers The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg and Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin.
Included in the HabitWise Program from How I Decide
Lesson topics include:
1. Why Habits Matter
2. How Habits Can Help Us Reduce Stress
3. How Habits Can Help Us Be Healthy
4. How Habits Can Help Us Be Productive
5. How Habits Can Help Us Avoid Advertising Gimmicks
6. How Habits Can Help Us Improve Relationships
7. Independent Habit Project
Each lesson includes:
-An engaging animated video (4-7 minutes) that makes it easy to introduce the concepts.
-Structured worksheets (40-50 minutes) that tap prior knowledge, check comprehension, and help students connect the concepts to their own lives.
-Multiple extension activities (6-30 minutes) that deepen students’ understanding of how habits affect society and our personal lives.
-A detailed teacher’s guide.
“This is something I have been looking for a long time to use in my class. In fact, at our school, we are currently involved in a book club reading about how to replace bad habits with constructive ones. Thanks!” – Adelina A Hicks, TeachersPayTeachers user
“All of these lessons are so well done!” – Caroline Blackburn, TeachersPayTeachers user
“This video series pairs nicely with a morning meeting. These videos are produced and written well. Great kid examples!” – Laura Martin, TeachersPayTeachers user
“This complete unit is great! I can’t wait to show this to my students who are working on breaking their bad habits!” – Teacher, TeachersPayTeachers user