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“Truth is the only safe ground to stand on.”  Elizabeth Cady Stanton – Honesty

“Truth is the only safe ground to stand on.” Elizabeth Cady Stanton – Honesty

09/15/2020

Should we always tell the truth? Honesty is a character trait to which most people aspire. With honesty comes trust and respect from others. Without it comes fear, suspicion, and betrayal. Students face daily ethical choices over whether or not they should pursue the path of h ..
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“The secret to education lies in respecting the student.”  Ralph Waldo Emerson – Respect

“The secret to education lies in respecting the student.” Ralph Waldo Emerson – Respect

09/08/2020

What does respect look like in the classroom? Students learn a great deal about respect inside the classroom. Not only do they pay attention to how their teachers and classmates treat them, but they also carry expectations for how they should act in return. Mutual respect in t ..
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“Our first teacher is our own heart.”  Cheyenne Proverb – Self-Motivation

“Our first teacher is our own heart.” Cheyenne Proverb – Self-Motivation

09/01/2020

Should our feelings be the guide for our actions? Self-motivation is an important skill for students of all ages to master. It's important for students to reflect upon what motivates them to do their best. The challenge with self-motivation is to find exactly what triggers a p ..
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“Independence is happiness.”  Susan B. Anthony – Freedom

“Independence is happiness.” Susan B. Anthony – Freedom

08/25/2020

Can you be happy without freedom? Freedom and happiness are two concepts that most students believe have undeniable value. Look no further than the Declaration of Independence and its famous phrase “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” to see evidence of this value. ..
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“Respect yourself and others will respect you.” Confucius – Respect

“Respect yourself and others will respect you.” Confucius – Respect

08/18/2020

What's the best way to earn respect? Respect is something all children want. The question is how to get it. Children are told that if they hold themselves in high regard, people will want to be around them. They are also told that respect comes from doing things for others. Th ..
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“It does not require many words to speak the truth.”  Chief Joseph – Communication

“It does not require many words to speak the truth.” Chief Joseph – Communication

08/11/2020

How do we know when someone is telling the truth? Building healthy human relationships requires good communication skills. To master the skill of communication students must figure out not only what to say but also how long they should talk. Speaking too much raises suspicion ..
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“Your silence will not protect you.”  Audre Lorde – Self-Expression

“Your silence will not protect you.” Audre Lorde – Self-Expression

07/28/2020

How do we know when to be silent? Students make moral choices everyday. These choices usually revolve around specific actions they take, like helping a friend, deciding not to cheat on a test, or obeying curfew. Students also make the moral choice to be silent after witnessing ..
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“The only thing that I know is that I know nothing.”  Socrates – Humility

“The only thing that I know is that I know nothing.” Socrates – Humility

07/17/2020

Should we question what we are sure of? Everyone thinks they know something, and we all question some things, but very few people question what they think they know. Socrates declared that he knows he knows nothing.  If this is tying your mind in pretzels, just think about wh ..
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“A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.”  Lao Tzu – Goal-Setting

“A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.” Lao Tzu – Goal-Setting

07/16/2020

Is goal-setting necessary for success? Goal-setting is a skill of highly successful people. Some kids are really good at it. They map out their life events with certain outcomes in mind. Other kids just want to ‘go with the flow’ and goal-setting makes them nervous, unfulf ..
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“In a dark time the eye begins to see.” Theodore Roethke – Perspective

07/13/2020

How do we know when to have hope? One of the hardest skills to develop is the ability to see the world from different perspectives. This skill is especially difficult during crises like the Coronavirus where all around us we see despair, social dislocation and loneliness. Eve ..
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“To do nothing is also a good remedy.” Hippocrates – Problem Solving

“To do nothing is also a good remedy.” Hippocrates – Problem Solving

07/13/2020

How do we know when we should intervene to solve problems? Students confront problems everyday. Some are small, like how to study for an exam, or get a ride to school, and some large, like how to support their friends who are in unhealthy relationships. All of these problems i ..
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“Oh the things you can find if you don’t stay behind.”  Dr. Seuss – Ambition

“Oh the things you can find if you don’t stay behind.” Dr. Seuss – Ambition

07/05/2020

How do we know when we should put others ahead of ourselves? An ambitious person is confident and self-motivated, both of which are qualities we want to see in our children. But, ambition sometimes gets us into trouble. It encourages us to compete with others over scarce resou ..
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