What do you do to make people feel welcome?

May 25, 2007

 

This is an awesome video with a great message. Basically, the short video describes how kids can feel bullied and left out in school. Here are a few of the lyrics (words) from the song:

You don’t know what it’s like to be hurt, to feel lost, to be left out in the dark. To be on the edge of breaking down and no one’s there to save you. No you don’t know what it’s like… welcome to my life.

I think that the writers of the song (Simple Plan) hit home on the fact that there are a lot of kids and adults in this world who don’t feel included, feel bullied, and have no one to talk to about their problems.  The video mentions that 100,000 (that’s right, I said 100,000!!!) kids drop out of school every year because they DON’T FEEL COMFORTABLE IN SCHOOL!

My question to you (and if you’re in my class, you know that I always have a question) is what do you do to make people in your school feel included? What about on the athletic field? Do you work as a team? Is there someone that you think might not feel included while at school? What are YOU going to do about this?

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Alertness

September 22, 2006

Today we talked about alertness in character building unit. Do you have a time when you where alert and it really helped? I will give you an example of alertness from my life. When I was 10 I was at Lake Michigan. I saw a kid jump off of the pier and he began to struggle. I decided to jump in a save him from drowning. Luckily me dad was alert too because he had to jump in and save us both because the tide was too strong. Have you ever helped anyone by being alert?


Character

September 16, 2006

Yesterday in class we began our character unit. Throughout the school year we will meet as a whole group at least once a week in order to work on developing our character.

Someone once told me that many people are hired in this country on the basis of character alone. I figured with all of the time we spend on traditional subjects, a small portion of our time could also be devoted to character building.

Yesterday we started with a definition of character; we determined that character is essentially the ability to do what’s right.

Any thoughts on that definition? How do you see character impacting your life? If you’re a parent what do you see as essential to developing your child’s character?