Monthly Virtues Project

Monthly Virtues Project 

As a step toward creating more enrichment activities and increasing home-to-school connections, the whole student body at Whittier will focus on a different virtue each month.

This is our second year of implementing the social/emotional approach to learning called RULER, and creating a class charter is the first of four pillars we teach throughout the year. Students and staff discuss how they want to feel at school, what we do to feel that way as a community, and what we do when problems arise. Thursday, November 3rd, we plan to host our first RULER family night where we will walk you through creating a family charter to use at home.

February virtue: Motivation

This month, we work with the Mood Meter in our homerooms, practicing our abilities to identify and plot our feelings.

MOTIVATION definition: 
the reason or reasons one has for acting or behaving in a particular way,
the general desire or willingness of someone to do something.

Discuss the following questions with your family and send your thoughts to

What does motivating oneself look like? 
What does motivating each other look like? 
What about creating a motivating environment?
What is the difference between motivation and inspiration?

Related Books:
     Teammates by Peter Golenbock
     Freedom Summer by Deborah Wiles
     The Sneetches and Oh, The Places You'll Go by Dr. Seuss
     The Dot and The North Star by Peter H. Reynolds
     The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper
     Chicken Sunday by Patricia Polacco
     The Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig
     Fancy Nancy: Poet Extraordinaire! by Jane O'Connor
     Iggy Peck, Architect by Andrea Beaty
     Minty: A Story of Young Harriet Tubman by Alan Schroeder and Jerry Pinkney
     Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson
     A Picture Book of Anne Frank by David A. Adler and Karen Ritz
     Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper
     Hoot by Carl Hiaasen

February's Virtue was Justice.
January's Virtue was Courage.
December's Virtue was Generosity.
November's Virtue was Gratitude.
October's Virtue was Self-Awareness. 
September's Virtue was Community

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