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The Lifelong Guidelines became the foundation for character education by establishing a classroom culture through the Highly Effective Teaching (HET) Model. The Lifelong Guidelines are guideposts for success in life; not just rules for the classroom. They apply to all aspects of life – personal relationships, the workplace, religious gatherings, community meetings, and all interactions for life in general. After analyzing the Lifelong Guideline of Personal Best, the realization came that further definition was needed. Thus emerged the list of LIFESKILLS.


  • CARING – To feel and show concern for others

  • COMMON SENSE – To use good judgment

  • COOPERATION – To work together toward a common goal or purpose

  • COURAGE – To act according to one’s beliefs despite fear of adverse consequences

  • CREATIVITY – To generate ideas; To create something original or redesign through imaginative skill

  • CURIOSITY – A desire to investigate and seek understanding of one’s world

  • EFFORT – To do your best

  • FLEXIBILITY – To be willing to alter plans when necessary

  • FRIENDSHIP – To make and keep a friend through mutual trust and caring

  • INITIATIVE – To do something, of one’s own free will, because it needs to be done

  • INTEGRITY – To act according to a sense of what’s right and wrong

  • ORGANIZATION – To plan, arrange, and implement in an orderly way; to keep things orderly and ready to use

  • PATIENCE – To wait calmly for someone or something

  • PERSEVERANCE – To keep at it

  • PRIDE – Satisfaction from doing one’s personal best

  • PROBLEM SOLVING – To create solutions to difficult situations and everyday problems

  • RESOURCEFULNESS – To respond to challenges and opportunities in innovative and creative ways 

  • RESPONSIBILITY – To respond when appropriate; to be accountable for one’s actions

  • SENSE OF HUMOR – To laugh and be playful without harming others

All decisions about education should be made in response to the findings of current brain research. The learning environment must be free of threat while promoting mutual respect and fostering a sense of belonging. This relationship connection between teachers and students, student-to-student, and teacher-to teacher, is necessary to effectively set the tone in an optimal learning environment before the mentally, physically, and academically engaging components can be attained. This is the foundation of character education and responsible self-management. The overarching goals of HET education are to increase human capacity and create responsible citizens. The learner's brain function is optimized through the implementation of our bodybrain-compatible education model, making the learning effective, relevant, and memorable while providing the opportunity to make a difference through Highly Effective Teaching.

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