Throughout the month of December, we visited each class to read the Principal’s Book of the Month, After The Fall: How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again. As we visited each class, we discussed the importance of perseverance and always moving forward. The choice to focus on perseverance at this particular time of year was very intentional. Often as we approach the winter break, students find it challenging to stay motivated. Fun parties, performances, schedule changes, impending travel plans, and thoughts of gifts and celebrations, though exciting are also distracting and exhausting. Kids and grownups alike find it hard to maintain focus this time of year, so it’s especially important that we practice perseverance.
When we lack perseverance and start to give up, we can also start to grapple with self-doubt and negative thoughts. We discussed with each class how we can shield ourselves from giving up and motivate ourselves to persevere by using positive self talk. Students created "Positive Self Talk Shields" by brainstorming positive affirmations they can give themselves to stay motivated!