Beginnings and Endings
The beginning of the school year is the perfect time for students to make
some really important choices. If they begin on a solid
foundation of guiding principles and expectations, they
are much more likely to experience a better end.
Key Ideas: New school year - Beginnings can determine
outcomes - School culture - Guiding principles
Character Traits: Responsibility - Self-management
Beginning of the School Year: Strength of Habit * Aristotle
once said "The habits we form from childhood make no small
difference, but rather make all the difference." Students
explore the idea that it is easier to form positive habits
now than to break bad habits, and that our habits shape
our character and our character determines the outcome of
Key Ideas: Creating good habits - Habits help form
Character Traits: Self-respect - Self-responsibility
Slate Every school year students are confronted with a
choice. Will it be a year like the last, or can they learn from past
mistakes and make it even better? What will they choose to write on
their clean slate?
Key Ideas: Learning from past mistakes - Starting
with a clean slate
Character Traits: Respect - Responsibility
Dealing with Change With a new school year
comes many changes, and while some change can be fun,
too much change can be difficult for some students. These
materials help young people consider how they deal with
change and why it's important to ask for help when too
much change becomes difficult.
Key Ideas: Resiliency - Seeking help when change
Character Traits: Perseverance - Positive attitude
Getting to Come to School * Democracies
are made strong by educated, responsible, and caring citizens.
Some would say that a democracy cannot survive without
citizens who are capable of making informed and wise choices.
This is an opportunity for students to consider the benefits
of a free and public education and how their education
can impact our common future.
Key Ideas: Citizenship - The importance of educated
citizens in a democratic society
Character Trait: Responsibility
Getting to Know You Students examine common
feelings on the first day of school and how building a classroom
community helps to cope with those feelings.
Key Ideas: New school year - Getting to know each
Character Traits: Respect - Caring - Citizenship
Go for the Goal ** Michael Phelps once said: “I want to be able to look back and say, ‘I’ve done everything I can, and I was successful.’” Students will examine the benefits of resolving to do one’s best to reach a goal so they will have no regrets, regardless of the outcome.
Key Ideas: New year - Resolving to do one’s best - Turning adversity into strength - Goal setting
Character Traits: Perseverance - Self-respect - Discipline
Going Back to the Future It's
been said that remembering the past gives power to the
present. Students have the opportunity to reflect on both
the mistakes and the successes of the past school year
so they can learn from these experiences and be empowered
to set new goals for the upcoming school year.
Key Ideas: Learning from past mistakes - Reflection
and learning - New school year
Character Traits: Responsibility - Wisdom
School Year: Playing by the Rules * It's a new school year
and it's time to talk about the rules. Rules help us maintain order,
fairness, and safety. Most rules are established for an excellent
reason and are intended to benefit the whole community. Students explore
the rationale for rules, responsible ways to challenge rules, and
the need to follow rules as responsible members of society.
Key Ideas: Rationale for rules - Following rules
for the benefit of self and others - Golden Rule
Character Traits: Responsibility - Citizenship
* It's been said that without sleep we all become tall two-year-olds.
How does sleep impact our performance? ... how we treat others? What
is our personal responsibility when it comes to getting enough sleep?
Key Ideas: Plenty of sleep improves performance at
school - Importance of sleep to health and well-being
Character Traits: Responsibility - Self-respect -
Management - Attitude
* These same materials can also be found under a Life Skills/Pressing Issues category.
** These same materials can also be found under January for the New Year.
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