Character Education at HES
Being a successful student is more than just learning how to read, write and do arithmetic. Teachers are also ensuring that students are learning how to be respectful learners and to persevere through challenging situations. Character education is brought to them through monthly assemblies and reinforced in the classroom, in the halls and on the playground on a regular basis.
Elementary guidance counselor, Connie Cotrone, has been introducing the family of Superflex heroes to the students at Hawthorne for several years. Superflex and his friends give students strategies to promote self-regulation and help them overcome mental obstacles. The lessons encourage children to use flexible thinking to solve social and emotional problems.
The theme presented in January’s assembly was worry. One of Superflex’s Unthinkable characters is Worry Wall. When Worry Wall enters the brain, students can feel frustrated, angry or sad. Mrs. Cotrone talked to students about what might cause them to worry and how they can defeat Worry Wall. She then offered strategies such as going to a quiet place, taking a deep breath, or going outside to play. The students offered many great ideas of their own as well.
Children as young as kindergarten can be affected by worry and stress. Giving them coping tools from an early age sets them up for success in school and beyond.