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The Positive Action Word of the Week is Persistence

posted May 9, 2011, 9:43 AM by Michele Lopez   [ updated May 9, 2011, 9:45 AM by bsanchez@eusd.org ]
Persistence is to move step by step towards a goal. 

Life can present some enormous challenges that demand discipline, diligence, and persistence to overcome. Sometimes the most overwhelming of these tasks is simply arriving at the next pass, when our dreams are still far in the distance. 

Our students display this type of perseverance by taking the steps every day from their door to our door. However, it seems that this same persistence is quick to waver once they enter the classroom, and are confronted with a difficult activity. Our role is to motivate our students to continue to practice persistence inside the classroom. 

This begins by ingraining the term persistence into their daily vocabulary through adding hang in there, do your best, and never give up, to the classroom code. Highlight children that show consistent determination by applauding tied shoes and completed tests. Integrate discussions on perseverance by asking students to describe moments where extra effort led to significant success. 

By teaching our students to make a habit of working hard in the classroom, we help them to be prepared for all of their future challenges.