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Character Awareness

In Second Grade, we are creating a classroom community with character awareness.  During our Morning Meeting, we began talking about how it feels when someone compliments you. We talked about how to give a good compliment.

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When giving a compliment, you should be positive. You should be truthful; make sure you believe what you say. Try to be as specific as possible. Think about what you like or admire about the person. Consider the person’s strengths and talents. The discussion centered around paying attention to what the person says or does. The boys and girls came up with many adjectives that describe a person on the inside.

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Throughout the year, we will highlight a different character trait to develop. We will have slips of paper available for students to write down the good character traits they witness in each other.

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Character traits that will be highlighted include:

  • Compassion – caring for others with kindness.
  • Integrity – Always doing the right thing even when no one else is watching.
  • Patience – Ability to remain calm and to wait for what you want.
  • Confidence – Freedom from doubt and believing in yourself.
  • Responsibility – Taking ownership of what you say and do.
  • Respect – Treating others with courtesy.  Having control over one’s actions.
  • Citizenship – Being loyal to your school, community, and country.
  • Self-Control – Having control over one’s actions, words and emotions.
  • Tolerance – Accepting differences and the uniqueness of others and celebrating the common ground we share.
  • Honesty – Being truthful in what you say and do.
  • Cooperation – Working together toward a common goal.
  • Perseverance – Demonstrating determination and commitment to complete a task.

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Mary Ellen Erwin, 2nd Grade

 

Building Community in Pre-K

Morning meeting is a regular part of the day for all BCA students. Its primary purpose is to be a time of community building within the classroom. This special time has become one of my favorite parts of the day. In morning meeting, every member of our classroom is acknowledged and heard.

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We begin our meeting with a greeting. We sit in a circle and the activity begins with the teacher. I greet the child sitting next to me with either a handshake, a high five, a fist bump, etc. We look our peer in the eyes and say, “Good morning [student’s name]”. We pass the greeting around the circle making sure to smile and look our friend in the eyes. It really is a precious moment to see these four and five-year-olds show respect and acknowledgment to their classmates.

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The next step in our meeting is share time. Four and five-year-olds have A LOT to share which is why this time of our morning is our absolute favorite. Scholars get uninterrupted and undivided attention. The person speaking holds Mr. Bananas, our class pet. Everyone else looks at the speaker and listens intently. This is their time to shine!

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Next in the line-up we will engage in some type of group activity. For my little ones, we usually stand up and move our bodies with a game or song. Our favorite right now is “Bop ‘Til You Drop” by Greg and Steve.

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Last, we read our morning message. Our morning message usually informs our students about the day or asks a question for them to ponder. Responses are then shared among the scholars.

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This important community building time is happening across all grade levels every morning at BCA. Ask your scholars about what is happening in this special time within their own classroom!

Laura Gail Ellis, Pre-K 3-Day Teacher

 

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