Our STAR student program is a program where each month ONE student from each class will be recognized as the student who has done an exemplary job of displaying the character trait of the month! Each character trait chosen is from the Character Education Program (Capturing Kids Hearts) that is a part of our curriculum.
Our January STAR Character Attribute is a fantastic one to start the year with! In January, the entire school will be focused on DILIGENCE!
As we start the year, our students will be focused on work ethic, being persistent and determined, not giving up, putting full effort into what is expected, and doing their best! As we move throughout January, your character lessons will be focused on teaching what it looks like to be diligent in our daily activities and all that we do.
Diligence is about looking at a problem, seeing the challenge, and continuing to try even when the problem is difficult. Diligence is about never saying never and instead always saying that we will give it a shot. It is about knowing how often it takes several attempts before we are able to accomplish something new. Diligence means that we finish what we start, focus on the task at hand, do a task the right way, and follow instructions.
A good place to start with diligence in the classroom is with a discussion on work ethic and what that looks like. You may want to ask these questions:
What is work ethic and what does it look like to have a work ethic?
What does it mean to have a good work ethic even when something is challenging
How to can we encourage ourselves and others to be persistent with a challenging task?
Why is it important to keep going and not give up?
Diligence is something that can be improved upon with practice and when we understand that being more diligent in our work tasks will get is farther. Even as adults, we can always benefit from reminders to be diligent throughout the day so that we can enjoy our times of rest even more. We can show diligence by being prepared for the day, showing effective time-management, and doing tasks that we find difficult without making excuses or saying “I can’t”.
How can I encourage myself to keep trying even when a task proves difficult
When have you been diligent with completing a task? Give an example.
How can you encourage your peers to be diligent when they are discouraged?
Why is it important to remove distractions when we are needing to be diligent with a given task or assignment?
1. I will concentrate on my work.
2. I will follow instructions.
3. I will do a job right.
4. I will finish my projects.
5. I will not be lazy.
Students can be helped with diligence when:
For K-4th Graders:
For K-1st Graders:
The three videos at the bottom of this website are great for all elementary students and there are also some activities on the page regarding diligence:
For 2nd-5th Graders:
For K-2nd Graders:
For 1st-4th Graders: