This week’s character challenge is to be independent. In junior high, students are given more freedom and independence which is supposed to help prepare you for high school where you will be given even MORE freedom and independence! This is very exciting, but it can be a lot to adjust to at first. Being independent means that you are able to fulfill your responsibilities such as completing your homework, studying for tests, and turning in assignments on time. Being independent also means that you make decisions and think for yourself. Junior high is an important time to practice the skills that will help you be an independent person in the future!
~“Independence isn’t doing your own thing, it’s doing the right thing on your own.”
This week's character challenge is to be a self-advocate. Being a self-advocate means to speak up for yourself, your needs, and what you believe in. When you are a self-advocate, you are an assertive communicator. You say what you mean and you mean what you say. In junior high, it isn't always easy being a self-advocate. Peers might pressure you into saying or doing things that you don't necessarily agree with. Self-advocacy is an important skill to have now and in the future. Without this skill, people might think that it is okay to treat you how they see fit, regardless of your feelings.
“You teach people how to treat you by what you allow, what you stop, and what you reinforce.” ~Tony Gaskins
This week's character challenge is to be a problem solver. This is an important skill in the classroom and in social situations. In junior high, students face social problems and dilemmas on a daily basis. When faced with a problem, think about all of the resources that could help you. Brainstorm ways to solve the problem, think of the possible outcomes/consequences for each choice, and then make your decision. Also remember that when you are faced with a dilemma, there is always an adult at school who will be willing to listen and help you to make the right decision!
"We cannot solve our problems with the same level of thinking that created them." ~Albert Einstein
This week’s character challenge is to be persistent. Persistence means firm continuance in a course of action in spite of difficulty or opposition. We all face challenges, difficulties, and failure at some point in our lives, but it is important to never give up. JK Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter series, had her manuscript rejected 12 times, but that didn’t stop her...and the rest is history. Remember, there is no success without failure.
“A river cuts through a rock, not because of its power but its persistence.” -Jim Watkins