Today's post in my character series has to do with your building's character climate. What's hanging on the walls in your school? The poster I saw in one of our classrooms that reads - Your Attitude Is Contagious; Is Yours Worth Catching? – got me to thinking; could I swap the word character with attitude, I wondered. That sparked the idea for this bulletin board:
|YAY - click the picture to see this design featured at Bulletin Board Ideas!|
But doesn’t the word contagious have a negative connotation? If I say you have an infectious smile, for example, is that a good thing? Isn’t an infection something we work hard to avoid? If I said that you’ve got Character Fever, would you have to stay home until the fever broke?
|Knit One, Save One - Third graders knit to help Save The Children!|
The Go Green movement is also catchy and spreading like wild fire. When we throw our recyclables into a blue recycle bin instead of the trashcan, our little conservationists are more likely to do so as well. What we encourage, we teach. How do our little ones best learn how and when to use manners? Is it by hounding them to say “please” and “thank you” or simply by modeling those manners ourselves?
|We made our Character Cameras from a Bag Lady template.|
Bonus activity: Send your little photographers into the school with their Character Cameras to catch kids making good choices and capture their smiles. On the lined or white paper inside
their little camera journals, students can write about or draw what they see through the lens of their character cam. Smile!