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Ingrid Floyd

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Building Affirmations to Promote Character

Posted by Ingrid Floyd on Thu, May 10, 2018 @ 09:05 AM

When I was a gymnastic teacher in my twenties at a gymnastics center, I used to instruct little girls on all sorts of tricks on the beam, bar and other gymnastics equipment. Gymnastics is not an easy sport to do. It is downright scary at times and takes courage to perform well. Just watch the Olympics on TV. So as one can imagine, overcoming fear was one of our focus at the gym. Often when I asked some young girls to spin on the beam, they usually answered with a stern no. Therefore I learned early as an instructor to immediately respond, “The word ‘can’t’ is not in the English dictionary.”  As outlined in Principle 2 of the 11 Principles of Effective Character Education   in developing character to include “thinking”  “feeling” and “doing”   I encouraged these young gymnasts to not only perceive but take actions that strengthened their character. 

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