The Worth of a Challenge

If you give a child a fish, you feed him for a day.
If you teach a child to fish, you feed him for a lifetime.
But if you teach a child to learn, you feed him for a lifetime
and he doesn't have to just eat fish.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

8 Keys Lesson 1- Integrity

Every week we will be developing our character with the program The 8 Keys of Excellence. It consists of eight keys or values. The program is free which is also great and can be found at their webstie We will start each month with a key and work on learning it each week. Each Key has a body motion, definition and affirmation. I also like to find a small story or anecdote that would further reinforce the "key". I then write the word integrity (or what every key we are on) on a picture of a key and hang it up in the classroom. Here is a sample from the webstite:

INTEGRITY – Match behavior with values
Demonstrate your positive personal values in all you do and say. Be sincere and real.
Living in integrity means that everything we say and everything we do are true reflections of what we value, what’s important to us. Think about what your behavior says about you. Does it clearly show others what you value? Do you show up as honest and committed, or dishonest and indifferent? Are you spending your time with the people and activities you value, or is your focus elsewhere?
When we live in integrity we are sincere and true to ourselves—we don’t say or think one thing and do another. People trust and respect us, our relationships are solid, and we feel good about ourselves. Those positive feelings from others and within ourselves reinforce our values and build our reputation and self-esteem, leading us to greater success in all areas of our lives.
Middle School/High School: I do the right thing. Elementary School: I do the right thing. Primary School: I do what’s right—even when no one’s looking.
Body motion: Hands together over head (V-values, B-behavior).

Over all, it's a great program, it is virtually cost free and only requires our time, but isn't that what teaching and parenting is about

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