Sincerity In School
Doing what is right with transparent motives
To practice Sincerity I will:
- take responsibility for my own actions
- always mean what I say
- respect others’ opinions
- not take advantage of other people
- be my truest self
We have three qualities that are all related to Honesty: Trustworthiness, Truthfulness and Sincerity. This is telling about the importance of Honesty that it is covered from different angles. With that said, how do you teach Sincerity in the school environment without duplicating the other qualities’ intention? Our solution is to focus on the importance of being yourself.
The teambuilding exercise that we include each month is designed to help the students appreciate the different qualities each student brings to the mix. We also seek to identify how we are the same to increase the connected feeling they have to one another. Building a community within the classroom, grade or building is a foundational step for teaching all of the good character behaviors. Providing a caring environment where students feel safe being themselves will help them learn about themselves as they learn their daily lessons.
When you are doing teambuilding activities or the exercises for the specific quality, be sure that you consider yourself a participant too and model the responses you expect from them. Share your own struggles with self-expression and fear of failure and how you cope with these issues.
This month, identify within yourself a caring quality and express it in the classroom.