Help students make the habits that matter to them automatic | taught by How I Decide
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How I Decide
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About the instructor

How I Decide is an educational nonprofit 501(c)(3) that equips youth with skills to be better decision makers throughout their lives. Rather than telling youth what to decide, we teach them how to make more sensible decisions. We create innovative programs and instructional content to develop students’ critical thinking, social, and emotional skills. In addition, we support research to develop new products, interventions, and instructional methods.

To contact us, please email programs@howidecide.org.

HabitWise is an in-class program that empowers adolescents to use the psychology of habit formation to improve their wellness, productivity, money management, and relationships.

HabitWise adapts insights from bestsellers The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg and Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin.                          

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 video series pairs nicely with a morning meeting. These videos are produced and written well. Great kid examples!” – Laura Martin, TeachersPayTeachers user

“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 complete unit is great! I can't wait to show this to my students who are working on breaking their bad habits!” – TeachersPayTeachers user

Course Contents

9 Texts
16 PDFs