Friday, July 31, 2015

Classroom Habitudes: Week 3

I am really enjoying the book Classroom Habitudes and I hope many of you are as well.  If you are joining me for the first time, be sure to catch up with Week 1 and Week 2 of this book study.

Perseverance is the ability to sustain interest, effort, and commitment in any circumstance that life presents.

Setting goals and sticking to one's convictions is hard for adults.  Teaching our students to persevere, despite obstacles is hard.  Maiers points out that one of the best ways to start working on this topic with students is to be honest about challenges you have had to persevere through.  Exploring how we face obstacles, in and out of the classroom, will help students cross the mountain they are trying to overcome.  Working on small goals first will give students the chance to then transfer that perseverance to bigger goals.

Courage is the ability to enter the unknown by confronting challenges, taking risks, and overcoming fears.

I really loved this chapter because it is all about getting students to feel comfortable taking risks. Amazing learning and growth can occur when students are willing to step outside their comfort zone and not be afraid of failure.  Students have been conditioned to only look for the right answer, and therefore they are scared to make a mistake.  Many famous and successful people failed before they succeeded.  Working with kids on seeing that failure is a natural part of success will help them grow and become even more successful.

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