Today we talked about courage and character. We talked about being a good friend and not bullying. We had a very fun assembly with the Green Man Drum Group from Utah Valley University(UVU). The students were encouraged to wear purple today! Each class made a poster about Courage. They are displayed in the hallways in the front of the school. Below are some of the items that were discussed in each of the classrooms.
Use courage, confidence and character as you stand up for values, be a good friend and become who you want to be.
- · If you've ever been isolated from others at school or you were new at school and it took time to make friends, you know what it feels like to be left out. Or even if you were never isolated, imagine how it would feel.
- · Make friends with someone at school who you don't know. Invite them to sit at your lunch table or join you in an after school activity. You probably wish someone had done that for you.
- · Be a leader. Take action and don't let anyone at school be in isolation.
- · When you see someone being bullied, be brave and STAND UP for them. Bullies have been known to back off when others stand up for victims.
- · If you don't feel safe get the help of an adult immediately. Be part of the solution -- not the problem!
ARE YOU A PERSON OF COURAGE?
- · Stand up for what is right even if I stand alone.
- · Don't cave in to negative peer pressure.
- · Don’t let fear of failure prevent me from trying things.
- · Don’t be afraid to express myself just because some people might disapprove.
- · Work to solve problems without violence.
- · Never intentionally ridicule, embarrass, or hurt others.
HOW TO DECIDE WHAT'S THE RIGHT THING TO DO
Some decisions you make aren't terribly important. For example, you might decide to have chocolate ice cream instead of vanilla. But other decisions may involve a choice between right and wrong, and sometimes it's not easy to know what to do. Whenever you aren't sure what's the right thing to do, stop and think! Ask yourself these questions:
- · What does my conscience—that "little voice" inside my head—say about it?
- · Could it hurt anyone—including me?
- · Is it fair?
- · Would it violate the Golden Rule? (How would I feel if somebody did it to me?)
- · Have I ever been told that it's wrong?
- · Deep down how do I feel about it?
- · How will I feel about myself later if I do it?
- · What would adults I respect say about it?
- · If you still can't decide, talk it over with someone you trust and respect.
HOW TO BE A GOOD FRIEND
To have good friends you must be a good friend. Here are some of the ways good friends treat each other:
- · Good friends listen to each other.
- · Good friends don't put each other down or hurt each other's feelings.
- · Good friends try to understand each other's feelings and moods.
- · Good friends help each other solve problems.
- · Good friends give each other compliments.
- · Good friends can disagree without hurting each other.
- · Good friends are dependable.
- · Good friends respect each other.
- · Good friends are trustworthy.
- · Good friends give each other room to change.
- · Good friends care about each other.
HOW NOT TO BE A BULLY
Sometimes it is difficult to know what is or is not bullying. Often, actions start out just being fun, but may at some point actually turn into bullying. If you are not sure whether something has become bullying, stop and think and ask yourself these questions:
- · Are my actions or words hurting someone else's feelings?
- · Are my actions or words hurting someone else physically or making that person feel afraid?
- · Would I want someone else to do this to me?
- · Am I unfairly taking my anger out on someone?
- · Am I trying to control someone against his or her will?
HOW TO APPRECIATE YOURSELF
Be careful about comparing yourself to other people. Sometimes that can make you feel good or even inspire you to improve in some way. But sometimes it can make you overlook what's truly good about yourself and cause you to feel bad.
- · Think about times when you've done something good. Include those times when you've made a difference to somebody else by being helpful, kind, or thoughtful.
- · Take part in activities that make you feel good such as hobbies, reading, sports, or spending time with good friends.
- · Don't be so afraid of failing that you're not willing to try something new. New experiences can help you grow and discover wonderful new things about yourself.
- · When you do fail at something, don't get down on yourself. Think about what you can learn from the experience and how you can do better next time.
- · Think about things you do well. Take pride in your successes.
- · Remember, the most important thing about people is what we're like inside, not what we own or what we've accomplished.