My students need positive reward prizes for exhibiting character skills in the classroom.
Sister Helen Prejean says, "I watch what I do to see what I believe"
At our school we believe that character skills are just as important as academics. We work on skills such as Self Control, Kindness, Humility, and Integrity. My scholars need positive praise for exhibiting these character traits.
My scholars are 5 years old and are at a wonderful charter school in New Orleans.
They enter the classroom so curious about the world around them. However, as all 5 year olds they haven't yet learned the structures and routines needed to be successful in a classroom (and later in the world). They also need to learn social skills like accepting feedback and following instructions as well as character skills like fairness and conflict negotiation.
I am developing a positive reward system in my classroom to promote these skills. I will give the students, "scholar dollars" every time they exhibit one of these traits (like being kind to another student). At the end of the week they can spend their dollars in our class store. This will promote not only character skills, but also financial literacy.
I believe that it is my job as an educator to prepare my students not just with the academics that they need, but the character skills as well.
I became a teacher 9 years ago so that I could help change the world. I believe that helping students to understand how to be helpful and kind citizens is the best way to do this. I can't thank you enough for helping me motivate them to learn these skills.
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