Pillar of the Month
For the month of September we will focus on the character pillar, RESPONSIBILITY! Responsibility is green because it reminds us of fiscal responsibility as well as our duty to take care of our earth. With a new school year upon us, we want our students to learn and understand how to take responsibility for themselves and their learning! Character Counts provides an outline of beliefs to instill. While we will be talking about these at school, see how you can apply these beliefs at home!
I will be a better student if I act on the following beliefs:
- I need to hold myself and others accountable for the consequences of words, attitudes, actions and inactions.
- I should exercise self-control and set a good example.
- It is important to plan, set goals, and persist in order to be successful.
- I should do what I have to do without whining or giving excuses.
- I should do my best work and be my best self.
- It is important to be diligent and persevere.
- I should think before I act.
- I should be self-disciplined.
Last month's pillar...
Last month we focused on all of the pillars of character using the Character Counts model. There are 6 Pillars - Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring and Citizenship. As we go through the year, we will take one pillar each month to dive deeper into its meaning and application at school. At DME, we want our students to understand that character is a primary focus! Knowing how to treat each other, our school, and community is a big priority. We want learners to leave our building and be able to model character everywhere they go. For more information on Character Counts, you can visit their website here.
How do we teach our kids accountability? This is a big question that educators and parents face. We want our kids to be held at a high standard and teaching accountability is a proactive measure. Instill a belief system that your words, actions and inactions are all choices. Every choice has a consequence, whether it be positive or negative. Don't we all love to enjoy the benefits of a positive choice that we made, yet when it's a poor choice we try to hide and not talk about it because the consequences were negative? One way to help your kids understand accountability is by modeling and talking about your choices and the effects of those choices. We can use teachable moments by pointing out our own mistakes to our kids. Not only does it make use more relatable in their eyes, but it allows us to set a precedent that we too are responsible for the decisions we make. Finally, avoid the blame game. It's so easy to get trapped into who did what and why. Remember that every person has a perception of events. Since all parties have a different perception of what happened, it's not so easy to place blame if you look at it from all angles. Help your child understand that justifying an action based on someone else's conduct is wrong. The only person that they can control is themselves. How they react to a situation, positive or negative, is completely in their control! There is power in choice, and responsibility that goes with it. ~ Becky Wiginton, Counselor