Hi there! I'm returning for my third week of the Classroom Habitudes book study.
If this is your first time joining me for the book study, you may be interested in looking back at Week 1 or Week 2!
Perseverance is the ability to sustain interest, effort, and commitment in any circumstance that life presents.
Perseverance. What an important idea to practice! I am so happy to be at a school that values perseverance and celebrates students who demonstrate the ability to keep trying, rather than giving up or saying those dreaded words..."I don't get it." or "I can't do it." Perseverance is the very first part of the acronym for our school rules. Students who practice perseverance are recognized with tickets that detail the act and the opportunity for raffle prizes later on in the week.
In the classroom, this habitude is an important component in the continuation of learning. Students who persevere build confidence in their learning as they approach their goals or meet them. These students are also able to become independent learners.
This habitude is not easy, especially for our students, to practice. Angela encourages teachers and students to consider where positive role models can be found in order to encourage students to practice perseverance.
Courage is the ability to enter the unknown by confronting challenges, taking risks, and overcoming fears.
In my classroom, there are a few specific examples of courage I like to see my students demonstrate.
Having the courage to...
* Stop inappropriate social skills or behavior, especially those that are hurtful to classmates/friends
* Take risks in the classroom and try new things or ideas
* Ask for help when needed. This is so important! Yes, students do need to make an effort, persevere, and other "working hard" traits, but there becomes a point where students cannot achieve success without additional clarification or assistance.
Once again, there are so many good elements of discussion in these chapters too!