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Croskey’s Corner: Discipline

Croskey’s Corner: Discipline Carolyn Hax is a Washington Post writer who gives advice on how to handle romantic relationships, parenting, and friendship pressures. I find her advice to be pragmatic and honest. Some years ago, she had a column about two co-workers. One was described as overweight, ate lots of fast food meals, and spoke openly about […]

Croskey’s Corner: Generosity

Bill Croskey  Recently, one of my friends ran into another friend of mine. They had not known each other prior to being introduced. Later, one of them told me about the meeting. Somehow, they quickly figured out that they had at least one mutual friend, me. To this day, I don’t know how they figured […]

Croskey’s Corner: Gratefulness

Croskey’s Corner Recently, one of my friends ran into another friend of mine. They had not known each other prior to being introduced. Later, one of them told me about the meeting. Somehow, they quickly figured out that they had at least one mutual friend, me. To this day, I don’t know how they figured […]

Croskey’s Corner: Initiative

There is a real Yin and Yang aspect to the Qualities. With this month’s Character Quality of Initiative (recognizing and doing what needs to be done without being asked) we see a counterpoint to Patience (accepting difficulties without rushing toward deadlines to remove them). Walking this Patience/Initiative tightrope in a balanced, Good Character manner can […]

Croskey’s Corner: Orderliness

 Resolving to be Orderly – Bill Croskey Ah, New Years Resolutions! What a way to kill the holiday spirit! I will share with you what my Resolution was for this year; I resolved to buy and eat only quality donuts. No day-old pastries. No bargain basement delicacies. No stale, unglazed, cardboard imitations of the real […]

Croskey’s Corner: Responsibility

Can’t Do? Won’t Do? I used to teach high school psychology. In my class, we read The Art of Loving, written by Erich Fromm. In that book, Fromm wrote that love has four components: Caring; Respect; Responsibility; Knowledge. On Responsibility, he made a distinction between (1) respond-ability, or the ability to respond lovingly to someone; […]

Croskey’s Corner: Endurance

In my first year of teaching, I taught social studies with Mrs. Donahue, a woman who was in her last year in the profession.  She had been a friend of my Mom’s for 25 years.  My first impression of this veteran was that she was a traditional teacher who knew nothing of my revered “New […]

Croskey’s Corner: Sincerity

Spoiler Alert! I am going to give away the ending of a movie on the American Film Institute’s “100 Years…100 Movies” List. Number 31, The Maltese Falcon, is a detective story about murder and loyalty (or DISloyalty) to one’s friends. Some of the greatest actors of Hollywood’s Golden Age – Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Peter […]

Croskey’s Corner: Forgiveness

When educators gather to discuss having babies, like the rest of the world, the conversation turns to prospective names. But, if you have been in education for a while, like me, you may have run into what I call the “name disqualification game.” Teacher A says, “I was considering naming my baby William (to throw […]

Croskey’s Corner: Patience

“WAIT!!! JUST BE PATIENT!!!” … I know; it’s hard to do. Often, it takes a great deal of will power to be Patient. One writer said that the American Prayer is: “Lord, grant me Patience…and I want it now!” OK, maybe some of us still have a little to learn about Patience. “I will change […]

Tolerance Activities

Tolerance Activities Next Activity Stand in front of the seated classroom. Announce that you are going to make it rain in the classroom. It is important that no one speak during this activity to get the full effect of the rainstorm. Stand at one side of the classroom. Explain that they are to copy your […]

Discipline Activities

Discipline Activities Next Activity For this game, you can use anything to make noise. It can be a New Year’s Eve noisemaker, recorded music, or even just the clapping of your hands. Give the class a bodily motion to do – waving their hands, shaking a leg, or whatever you choose. Instruct the class that […]

Generosity Activities

Generosity Activities Next Activity You will need a clear container with enough water to completely cover an egg, and then some. The container should be wide enough that you can remove the egg with your hand. Gently place the egg in the water and watch it sink. Discuss with the class, that this is how […]

Gratefulness Activities

Activity Next Activity Every day for a week or the whole month, have each student write one person for which they are grateful on a strip of paper and why they are grateful, and make a chain in your classroom. Use colors appropriate for the season. Have each student share their gratitude as they place […]

Initiative Activities

Next Activity WAD Well-defined Attainable Deadline These are all qualities that a true goal should have. Have your students come up with a goal to be achieved by the end of the week and write it on its own piece of paper, and then share it with the class or a partner. They then keep […]

Orderliness Activities

Next Activity Another way to help students to understand and appreciate order is to create dis-order in the classroom. Make some changes in the classroom that show disorganization. Ask students to get things from their normal place and be flustered when the item is not there. Do this for several items in a row until […]

Cautiousness Activities

Next Activity For this activity have the students interview their parents about safety and security precautions that they encounter on the job. Look for things such as hard hats, steel toe shoes, earplugs, safety glasses, id badges, security guards, surgical gloves, passwords, signs, locked doors, etc. You will get all kinds of answers on this. […]

Responsibility Activities

Next Activity Grab a large double-handful of buttons, pennies or any other small item. Have the students pass the handful around the room. Do not pick up any that drop. Go around the room once with minimal instructions. Once completed, point out the items that have been dropped. (Make it a large handful so that […]

Endurance Activities

Next Activity For this exercise you will need an egg (hard-boiled is safer), a raw carrot and can/bag of coffee (it can be empty). You can also use pictures of these items. Show these items to the class then place them in three different spots in the classroom. Have the students count off 1 -3. […]

Sincerity Activities

Next Activity Discuss the Army slogan of “Be All That You Can Be” with the students. (If they don’t know it, you can use the video below to play the commercial for them.) Then write out the letters to the word ARMY vertically on the board or you can reproduce it on paper for each student […]

Tolerance Quotes

Tolerance Quotes

Love the quote images you see below? Follow us on Instagram for more like them throughout the month! "In the practice of tolerance, one's enemy is the best teacher.” -Dalai Lama “There is so much good in the worst of us, and so much bad in the best of us, that it...

Discipline Quotes

Discipline Quotes

Love the quote images you see below? Follow us on Instagram for more like them throughout the month! “Willpower is easy. Won’t power is hard!” -Clifton Bauer “Self-control is strength. Right thought is mastery. Calmness is power.” -James Allen “We cannot always...

Generosity Quotes

Generosity Quotes

Love the quote images you see below? Follow us on Instagram for more like them throughout the month! “Blessed are those who give without remembering. And blessed are those who take without forgetting.” -Elizabeth Bibesco “You have not lived today until you have done...

Gratefulness Quotes

Gratefulness Quotes

Love the quote images you see below? Follow us on Instagram for more like them throughout the month! "When you drink from the stream, remember the spring.” -Chinese Proverb "Thankfulness is the beginning of gratitude. Gratitude is the completion of thankfulness....

Initiative Quotes

Initiative Quotes

Love the quote images you see below? Follow us on Instagram for more like them throughout the month! "He that waits upon fortune, is never sure of a dinner." -Benjamin Franklin "A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step." -Confucius "Half the things that...

Orderliness Quotes

Orderliness Quotes

Love the quote images you see below? Follow us on Instagram for more like them throughout the month! “Information is a source of learning. But unless it is organized, processed, and available to the right people in a format for decision making, it is a burden, not a...

Cautiousness Quotes

Cautiousness Quotes

Love the quote images you see below? Follow us on Insta for more like them throughout the month! "Carelessness about our security is dangerous; carelessness about our freedom is also dangerous." -Adlai E. Stevenson "Because we focused on the snake, we missed the...

Responsibility Quotes

Responsibility Quotes

"Accept responsibility for your life. Know that it is you who will get you where you want to go, no one else." -Les Brown "The happiest people in the world are those who feel absolutely terrific about themselves, and this is the natural outgrowth of accepting total...

Endurance Quotes

Endurance Quotes

“Happy he who learns to bear what he cannot change.” -Friedrich Schiller “No matter how much falls on us, we keep plowing ahead. That's the only way to keep the roads clear.” -Greg Kincaid “You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing that we call...

Sincerity Quotes

Sincerity Quotes

“What's a man's first duty? The answer's brief: To be himself.” -Henrik Ibsen “He does not believe that does not live according to his belief.” -Sigmund Freud “Never regret anything you have done with a sincere affection; nothing is lost that is born of the heart.”...

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Resilience Reading List

Click here to download a printable version of the book list! Lili Macaroni by Nicole Testa, illustrated by Annie Boulanger   From Amazon: Lili Macaroni loves drawing butterflies, counting the stars, and being exactly who she is―Lili Macaroni. That is, until she...

Punctuality Reading List

Click here to download a printable version of the book list! Be Where Your Feet Are by Julia Cook, illustrated by Jon Davis   From Goodreads: From the bestselling author of Bubble Gum Brain and My Mouth is a Volcano!, comes a hilarious story about learning to be...

Read All About It!

Divide the class into groups. You can use seating arrangements such as a row or table to define the groups or create groups on your own. Instruct each group to…

Group Thumb Wars

Divide the class into groups. You can use seating arrangements such as a row or table to define the groups or create groups on your own. Instruct each group to…

Platforms and Promises

Divide the class into groups. You can use seating arrangements such as a row or table to define the groups or create groups on your own. Instruct each group to…

Dot to Dot

Divide the class into groups. You can use seating arrangements such as a row or table to define the groups or create groups on your own. Instruct each group to…

The Longest Sentence

Divide the class into groups. You can use seating arrangements such as a row or table to define the groups or create groups on your own. Instruct each group to…

Cartoon “Character”

Divide the class into groups. You can use seating arrangements such as a row or table to define the groups or create groups on your own. Instruct each group to…

Double Circle

Divide the class into groups. You can use seating arrangements such as a row or table to define the groups or create groups on your own. Instruct each group to…

What A Deal!

Divide the class into groups. You can use seating arrangements such as a row or table to define the groups or create groups on your own. Instruct each group to…