Helping Middle and High School Students In Developing Life Skills

Self-awareness, impulse control, empathy, teamwork, and responsible decision-making are just some of the social emotional skills that help students succeed in and out of school. Unfortunately, many students aren’t developing them. What if there was a straightforward way to teach students empathy and encourage emotional development? That’s why we created Habitudes for Developing Life Skills to teach social skills to middle and high school youths.

Habitudes for Developing Life Skills Curriculum Lesson Plan Options:

 Developing Life Skills Lesson Plans

The Habitudes for Developing Life Skills curriculum uses memorable imagery, real-life stories and practical experiences to teach timeless emotional skills in a way that is relevant to students today. Students are constantly using images to communicate via emojis, Instagram, and Snapchat. Why not utilize their favorite language to bridge the gap between learning and real-life application as part of your Developing Life Skills learning program?

Our SEL curriculum helps middle and high school students: 

Develop habits of self-discipline and initiative

Implement time management skills to do what really counts

Plan for personal growth outside the classroom

Identify their unique strengths and passions for a healthy self-image

And many more social and emotional skills

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What’s Included in Habitudes

Our Habitudes for Developing Life Skills includes access to the following teaching resources:

Flexible Lesson Plans

Teaching Videos

Slide Decks

Group Learning Activities


Student Worksheets

What Topics Are Covered

Habitudes for Developing Life Skills aligns with CASEL’s core competencies and covers topics such as:


Middle School Edition High School Edition
Identifying Emotions Self-Motivation
Accurate Self-Perception Goal Setting
Recognizing Strengths Organization Skills
Self-Efficacy Impulse Control
Impulse Control Stress Management
Stress Management Self-Discipline
Self-Discipline Identifying Emotions
Perspective-Taking Accurate Self-Perception
Respect for Others Recognizing Strengths
Social Engagement Self-Confidence
Relationship Building Self-Efficacy
Evaluating Decisions
Ethical Responsibility

The work of Tim Elmore, and the Growing Leaders team is having a very profound impact on our school. We use the Habitudes curriculum on a regular basis, and the images have already gained a foothold as an integral part of our work with our students.

Steve Helmich, President at Cathedral High School

We are seeing students from all demographics, engage in the Habitudes lessons, and having conversations on how to prepare for their life ahead of them.

Billy Richardson, Assistant Principal at Kennesaw Mountain High School


Habitudes is the most excellent program for first year students and beyond. It is a program that encourages and teaches deeper thinking and dialogue.

Sharon Taylor, Saint Martins University

I encourage schools, and school districts to partner with Growing Leaders to help both educators and students to enhance their leadership skills. They have inspired our teacher-leaders, applying the Habitudes to R. everyday classroom situation's.

Dr. Diane Ray, Professional Association Of Georgia Educators

As a university dean, I believe anyone who cares about the future of this generation should digest the materials from Tim Elmore and growing leaders. He understands what students need, and how to deliver it in a relevant fashion.

Mary Gerardy, Dean at Wake Forest University

One of the biggest things that habitudes has helped with is preparing our students to be a career and college ready upon graduation. Habitude helped each student become a better person and have a big picture perspective

Jason Lane, Principal Of Mill Creek High School

Habitudes has it all. It has the implementation of why were doing this and the why behind 'you should have integrity'. We have found something that the kids are hooked on immediately.

Julie Diaz, Principal Of Travis High School

Thank you so much for your investment at Virginia Tech. We appreciate your tremendous work with our student athletes, coaches, staff, and faculty. Simply put you have helped us grow and become better as a department.

Whit Babcock, Athletic Director At Virginia Tech

No one teaches leadership better than Tim Elmore. The Habitudes are an outstanding way to teach and learn leadership. I recommend Tim as a teacher and a mentor, and I recommend Habitudes to anyone.

Dr. John C. Maxwell, Founder of Injoy Group & EQUIP, Author of "The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leaderships"

Results Schools Have Seen While Using Habitudes

The following results have been reported by schools who have used the Habitudes social skills curriculum:

300% Increase in Student Leadership Team

45% increase in community service hours per students

400% increase in student-initiated clubs

11% decrease in disciplinary incidents

60% decrease in fights

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Explore Other Habitudes Programs

Growing Leaders offers multiple specialized programs for teaching middle and high school students valuable life skills. The practical lessons plans of our character education program teaches character development in a way that is relevant and engaging for today’s students. Develop critical leadership skills with the high school leadership program for students already exhibiting an interest in leadership, like those in student government, student ambassadors, and other leadership clubs. When graduation approaches, use our college and career lesson plans to equip young adults for the transition by developing critical skills like resilience and problem-solving.