Character, character, oh my

To conclude my blog, I thought it would be nice to blog about two character traits that important to me, can be used in the classroom and are good traits everyone should possess. I have never blogged before this class assignment, but I think it is a great tool for the classroom and life in general. I thought I’d include this great quote from the packet…

“When our wealth is lost, nothing is lost. When our health is lost, something is lost. When our character is lost, all is lost.” – Anonymous


———- INITIATIVE  ———-  

Readiness to take the first steps in beginning  a project or action


You can show INITIATIVE in your life by:

Solving a problem instead of complaining about it.

Trying a new sport or craft that looks fun to you.

Getting a library card and using it to learn something new.

Opening a bank account and saving money towards a goal or dream.

Taking on an additional responsibility at home without being asked.

You can show INITIATIVE at school by:

Joining an extra-curricular activity that you would enjoy.

Asking your teachers what you’ve missed when you’re absent.

Doing your homework and studying for tests.

Being WISE in setting and achieving your goals.

What do you think?

What can I do to make my world better?

What can I do to make my school better?

What do I want to invent? How can I invent it?

Do I take initiative to get my homework done on time? What tools do I have to help me improve my studies?


1. Organize an outing with your family. Plan something fun to do together and make it happen!

2. Talk with an elderly neighbor. Find out what you can do to help them out, then do it.

3. Find out if recycling is required in your community. Take action to increase your recycling at home and at school.

4. Offer to cook dinner for your family one night this week. Plan it out and try making something new.

“Necessity is the mother of invention.” – Author Unknown


———-  TOLERANCE  ———

Willing to accept people and opinions that are different


What does TOLERANCE look like?

Accepting the opinions of others even if you disagree.

Standing up for kids who are being picked on.

Accepting (and even appreciating) difference between yourself and other family members.

Refraining from negative comments about someone’s race, religious practices, or lifestyles.

Take a TOLERANCE test:

1. (T/F) I don’t form opinions about people based on how they dress or their skin color.

2. (T/F) I stand up for kids who are being picked on at school.

3. (T/F) I don’t use negative words to describe people.

4. (T/F) I don’t get mad when someone doesn’t agree with me. Instead, I try to understand that person’s point of view.

5. (T/F) I’m usually patient with the differences between myself and my siblings.

Scoring: Give yourself 1 point for each time you answered with “true.”

5 points: Congratulations! You’re pretty tolerant!

3 -4 points: Make it a goal to improve your level of tolerance.

0 -2 points: Take an honest look at your attitudes. Why is it difficult for you to be tolerant of others?


TOLERANCE: It’s not just a good idea, it’s the Law!

In many areas, anti-hate crimes laws impose extra penalties against people who commit crimes due to intolerance. Are such laws in effect where you live? Find out what laws in your area relate to tolerance.

TOLERANCE in action!

1. Identify two ethnic groups that are different from your own. What contributions does each group make your community? Write a paragraph about how your opinion of these groups has changed as a result of your research.

2. Assume that a new kids just started at your school. Write a paragraph about how you and your friends would react to this person. Then write a paragraph from the new kid’s point of view.

3. Spend an afternoon with an elderly person. Talk about what kinds of prejudices he or she has experienced in life. Does spending with this person help you to be more tolerant of elderly people? Talk with your parents about what you observed.

“The test of courage come when we are in the minority. The test of tolerance comes when we are in the majority.” – Ralph W. Sockman

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