Goodfellow PS students build Habitat for Humanity models

Goodfellow Public School in Innisfil recently partnered with Habitat for Humanity Huronia to build model homeless shelters that may be built for communities in the future.

Students in Mme. Bojmelgrin’s and Mme. Prim’s Grade 6 and 7 Extended French classes used skills learned in math, language and science to create three prototypes that were presented to Humanity Huronia’s Construction Manager, Robert Cikoja.

Cikoja was so impressed by the students’ ideas that he offered to work with the school to build models of the mobile homeless shelters. The models may eventually be built in large scale to help local communities.

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Goodfellow PS students and the mini shelters they constructed.

Habitat for Humanity brings communities together to help families build strength, stability and independence through affordable home ownership. The organization’s simple premise is that no matter who we are or where we are from, we all deserve to have a decent life.

 

Commit to Character: Responsibility

The SCDSB’s 10 values are a key part of our commitment to character education. We refer to our values as our character attributes. Each month our schools recognize and celebrate a different attribute. This month on the blog, we are highlighting ‘responsibility’.

Responsibility: We are accountable for our actions, and we follow through on commitments

 

Some examples of how we can show responsibility are:

  • completing chores/homework on time
  • following through on what you say you are going to do
  • taking responsibility for your mistakes
  • taking care of your belongings
  • if you borrow something, return it
  • always do your best
  • making smart choices (ex. eating healthy, wearing a helmet when riding a bike)

Some ways that students in our schools learn about and develop responsibility include:

  • discussing what responsibility looks like, feels like and sounds like
  • presenting an issue to the class and have them work together to design a plan that a responsible person or group could implement for a positive result

“I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything but still I can do something.” – Edward Everett Hale

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Commit to Character: Respect

The SCDSB’s 10 values are a key part of our commitment to character education. We refer to our values as our character attributes. Each month our schools recognize and celebrate a different attribute. This month on the blog, we are highlighting ‘respect’.

Respect: We treat ourselves, others and the environment with consideration and dignity

 

Some examples of how we can show respect are:

  • listening to others when they are speaking
  • not making fun of others
  • value the opinions of other people
  • don’t mock or tease
  • be sensitive to the feelings of others
  • show interest and appreciation for everyone and their ideas

Some ways that students in our schools learn about and develop respect include:

  • having students work in groups to create collections of examples noting what respect looks like, feels like and sounds like
  • having students research the word respect in other languages and find out ways that respect is demonstrated in other cultures

“There is a longing among all people to have a sense of purpose and worth. To satisfy that common longing, we must respect each other.” – Chief Dan George

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Commit to Character: Optimism

The SCDSB’s 10 values are a key part of our commitment to character education. We refer to our values as our character attributes. Each month our schools recognize and celebrate a different attribute. This month on the blog, we are highlighting ‘optimism’.

Optimism: We maintain a positive attitude and have hope for the future

Some examples of how we can show optimism are:

  • staying motivated even when things don’t go well
  • when something bad happens, think about what you could do to avoid similar bad outcomes in the future
  • believing that hard work will pay off
  • make the best of all situations
  • focus on the positives instead of the negatives

Some ways that students in our schools learn about and develop optimism include:

  • identify and share songs that have an upbeat tone and a positive, uplifting message
  • have students to set an optimistic goal for their school year. Its focus could be: achievement, contribution to school, work completion, involvement in co-curricular activities

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

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Commit to Character: Inclusiveness

The SCDSB’s 10 values are a key part of our commitment to character education. We refer to our values as our character attributes. Each month our schools recognize and celebrate a different attribute. This month on the blog, we are highlighting ‘inclusiveness’.

Inclusiveness: We include everyone in what we do and value their contributions

Some examples of how we can be inclusive are:

  • listen to and consider everyone’s ideas
  • don’t exclude anyone
  • let others join in when playing games
  • don’t discriminate or judge
  • be open to everyone and consider their feelings
  • include everybody!

Some ways that students in our schools learn about and develop inclusiveness include:

  • create a T-chart with Inclusion and Exclusion as column headings. Work with students to complete the chart by listing some of the consequences of each (i.e. hurt feelings, violence, and friendship)
  • encourage students to interview a classmate, a staff member at school or someone within their family circle. Have them focus their questions around the topic of inclusion

“Practice tolerance and live together as good neighbours.” – The United Nations Charter

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Commit to Character: Honesty

The SCDSB’s 10 values are a key part of our commitment to character education. We refer to our values as our character attributes. Each month our schools recognize and celebrate a different attribute. This month on the blog, we are highlighting ‘honesty’.

Honesty: We behave in a sincere, trustworthy and truthful manner

Some examples of how we can show honesty are:

  • don’t say things about people that aren’t true
  • admit to your actions/mistakes, even if it means getting in trouble
  • explain how a situation really happened, don’t lie (ex. if you break something, be honest and admit it was you)

Some ways that students in our schools learn about and develop honesty include:

  • analyzing product advertisements and their tendency to “stretch the truth” to encourage consumer purchases
  • creating a list of categories of people in the world who are expected to be honest at all times, then discussing the importance of these people living up to this expectation

“Be truthful, gentle and fearless.” – Ghandi

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Commit to Character: Empathy

The SCDSB’s 10 values are a key part of our commitment to character education. We refer to our values as our character attributes. Each month our schools recognize and celebrate a different attribute. This month on the blog, we are highlighting ’empathy’.

Empathy: We strive to understand and appreciate the feelings and actions of others

Some examples of how we can show empathy are:

  • listen to what others are saying
  • look someone in the eye when they are communicating with you
  • if someone is feeling down or having a hard time, offer them a hug or other gesture of kindness
  • don’t judge people, gain a deeper understanding of the person and their perspective
  • offer help
  • volunteer

Some ways that students in our schools learn about and develop empathy include:

  • gaining a greater understanding about the importance of recognizing and considering the feelings of others and the impact that our actions can have on these feelings through role-playing
  • using community service hours and additional volunteer time to meet the needs of others who are going through difficult situations and experiences

“How wonderful it is that no one need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” – Anne Frank

Learn more about character education in the SCDSB.