What is character?


While I was attending Mt. SAC, one of my professors showed the class a packet of character building activities and information. I thought it was such a wonderful piece of educational information that I asked him for a copy and would like to share some of my favorites in this blog. I believe it can be incorporated into class rules or expectations for your future students. ** Information taken from Premier School Agendas**

———- OPTIMISTIC ———-

“Looking at the bright side of situations.”

You can demonstrate OPTIMISM by:

  • Making a conscious choice to have a good attitude
  • Choosing to look for the positive in difficult situations
  • Expecting the best from each day and approaching it with enthusiasm.
  • Helping your friends & family find the good in difficult situations.
  • Getting involved with activities that make you feel good about yourself.

Think about it!

  • Are the words I use optimistic or pessimistic?
  • What is my attitude when things do not go as I planned?
  • How does it affect other people when I’m pessimistic?
  • What can I do to get myself out of a pessimistic mood?
  • Does the music I listen to make me feel optimistic or pessimistic?


“I can do anything I set my mind to do.”

“I have a valuable contribution to make.”

“I can be as happy as I choose to be.”

“I can learn.”

“I am important.”

Practice OPTIMISM:

1. Choose an optimistic statement for yourself. Write it in your journal, notebook or agenda book every day; try saying it while looking in the mirror.

2. Write a story or create a short scene about someone with an attitude. Does a person with attitude show optimism? HOw can you approach such a person?

3. Do you see a glass half-full or half-empty? Talk with your family about what this means.

4. Think of your five closet friends. Would you describe your group as optimistic or pessimistic? Get together and talk about each other’s outlook on life.

“Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact.” – William James


———- AMBITIOUS ———-

“Having a strong determination to accomplish a goal.”

You can show AMBITION by:


  • Setting SMART short-term and long-term goals for yourself.
  • Keeping track of your progress toward goals.
  • Learning more about a subject that you find interesting.
  • Thinking about what kind of education you want to have and developing a plan to get it.
  • Getting involved in a school leadership program.



  • Am I taking charge for my future?
  • What kind of job/career do I want to have?
  • Do I have goals that I am working toward?
  • Do I believe that I can be anything I want to be?

AMBITIOUS projects:

1. Set five short-term goals for this month. Write them in the weekly goal-setting section of your agenda or in a journal, to remind yourself to work towards them every day.

2. Write a letter to yourself describing what you’ve always wanted to do to be a better person. Read it on the same day next month, and evaluate your progress. Record your “letter-opening” date in your agenda or journal.

3. Interview someone in your family who has achieved something significant. What obstacles did this person have to overcome to achieve his/her ambitions?

4. Choose a subject in which you need to improve. Set a goal for the next grading period. What obstacles do you have to overcome to improve in this subject?

Tie it together!


  • How is optimism related to ambition?
  • Why is dependability important in achieving your ambitions?


“The person who tries to be better than himself is likely to have more success than the other person who tries to be better than someone else.” – Author Unknown



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