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Tolerance announcements March, 2010 Tolerance is the character quality for the month of March. Tolerance is accepting others at different levels of maturity. We need to realize that everyone is at varying levels of character development. This means that we all learn at different speeds. We need to allow others time to learn. Our school will be a better place if we show tolerance to each other. Tolerance will not stop us from having disagreements, but if we are tolerant of others we can work together to solve problems. The first I will statement teaches us that people with the character quality of tolerance will not confuse what is right with what is popular. If several students decide to make fun of a new student they may think that is popular. It may even be popular, but it is not the right thing to do. The second I will statement for tolerance teaches us that people with the character quality of tolerance expect the same of themselves as they do of others. Therefore if they do not want others to talk badly about them they will not talk badly about others. The third I will statement says those with the character quality of tolerance look for ways to help others mature. This mean they will not try to find faults, but will look for strengths in others. The fourth I will statement of Tolerance is accepting my own unchangeables and the unchangeables of others. Some things about ourselves we cannot change. We have no control over our race, gender, age or whom we have for parents. If we show tolerance we accept those things about ourselves and others we cannot change. The fifth I will statement teaches us that people who have developed the character trait of tolerance will listen or wait before they form an opinion. They will not decide they don not like someone before they get to know them. Tolerance does not lower the rules of good behavior to make everyone look good. Tolerance keeps the expectations high and encourages others to have good character. However it does not reject others if they fail. Tolerance should never accept disrespect, selfishness, or anger. Tolerance accepts people and encourages them to grow without compromising the high standards of character. A student can show tolerance in the classroom by not making fun of someone else that does not learn as quickly as you do. Negative comments just cause hurt feelings and conflicts. Tolerance is learning to get along with other people. It is puling together even when there are differences between you as individuals. Learn to accept the differences and irritations of others so that you can reach a goal. What does tolerance look like? Accepting the opinions of others even if you disagree… Standing up for kids who are being picked on… Accepting differences between yourself and other family members… Not making negative comments about someone’s race, religious practices, or family. Family members need to remember that each child will grow and develop good character at different levels of enthusiasm and maturity. Children need to accept that parents are still growing and are not perfect. Students can show tolerance in school by looking for ways to help others. If a new student starts at your school you can show tolerance to that person as they learn the way we do things in our school. Teachers show tolerance with their students as they learn new skills. Some students are really good at math and they learn a new skill very quickly. Other students take longer to learn the new skill. The teacher is showing tolerance because even if the students are at the some grade level, they have different levels of ability. As we study character we need to remember that character is not something that is achieved once and for all. It is a life-long process where there is always room for improvement. Tolerance plays a major role in sportsmanship. Tolerance holds a team together. It allows each member a role on the team and helps to create good role models and leaders. Tolerance helps to create good winners. Winners play by the rules. Breaking the rules makes a win less enjoyable. Each person who steps on the field or court needs to agree to play by the same rules. People with the character quality of Tolerance teach others to be successful. A good winner takes time to help other teammates gain skills and encourage their growth in the game. Tolerance also teaches us to be good losers. A good loser learns from mistakes so they do not repeat the mistake again. Tolerance teaches athletes to avoid trash talking. A good loser does not gain acceptance by putting others down. A good loser shows tolerance by congratulating the winner. Someone with tolerance can accept that on a given day at a given time someone else was better. Role models play a role in our lives. Consider Tolerance as a quality you want your role model to have. Does your role model accept people who are different in some way? In history Abigail Adams (wife of President John Adam) showed tolerance. She helped a young black boy learn to read. This was not popular, but she knew it was the right thing to do.