I know that it is hard to believe, between the Oklahoma weather playing tricks on us, and spring break going by so quickly, but April is already here! Not only does this month signify awesome new changes to the Pride Class Schedule, but it also means that we have a new word of the month: Self Reliance! But before we get in to what that is, I want to take a few minutes to look back at March.
If you remember, I posted a character challenge at the beginning of the month as a chance for the kids to earn a few extra pride bucks. This included the students detailing times when they used the character qualities of Vision, Integrity, and Courage. I was pleasantly surprised by some of the results. The kids who remembered to do the assignment gave well-thought out answers, and I could tell that the kids put a lot of work into the examples they gave. To those of you who completed the task thoroughly and thoughtfully-awesome work!
Now here is the bad news- the amount of people who actually completed the homework were very few in number. This in itself isn’t a big deal- it was an optional assignment, after all- but the majority of responses came in at the absolute last minute. Again, they got them done, and they were done well, but waiting until the last minute doesn’t allow for any one thing to go wrong: meaning that your success is totally dependent on forces out of your control! If you aren’t able to make it to class on the last day it is due, or you lose your paper, or any number of unfortunate things happen, you won’t have any time to allow for those mistakes.
Our definition for Self-Reliance is self-trust; relying on your own powers, judgments, and abilities. Part of Self-Reliance is not only doing what is required of us, but also getting it done on time, if not early. This goes for anything: assignments at karate, homework, chores- it doesn’t matter the situation, the rule still applies. If you wait until the last minute to complete a task, you are relying on circumstances to go just right, and therefore are no longer self-reliant!!
Posted on Tue, April 2, 2013
by Kannon Manis