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What are Lifeskills?

The Walden School elementary and middle school utilizes the Lifelong Guidelines and Lifeskills to foster students in building character and confidence. Students at The Walden School enjoy the positive approach Lifeskills offers, and they embrace the philosophical foundation as guidelines for themselves in class and in life.Throughout the year students engage in activities that promote their understanding of each lifeskill, and students celebrate their own as well as their peers demonstration of the Lifeskills. 

Lifelong Guidelines:
Trustworthiness, Truthfulness, Active Listening, No Put-Downs, Personal Best


Caring: To feel and show concern for others

Common Sense: To use good judgement

Cooperation: To work together toward a common goal or purpose

Courage: To act according to one’s beliefs despite fear of adverse consequences

Creativity: To imagine ways to solve a problem or produce a product

Curiosity: A desire to investigate and seek understanding of one’s world.

Effort: To do your best

Flexibility: To be willing to alter plans when necessary

Friendship: To make and keep a friend through mutual trust and caring

Initiative: To do something, of one’s own free will, because it needs to be done

Integrity: To act according to a sense of what’s right and wrong

Organization: To plan, arrange and implement in an orderly way

Patience: To wait calmly for someone or something

Perseverance: To keep at it

Pride: Satisfaction from doing one’s personal best

Problem Solving: To create solutions to difficult situations and everyday problems

Resourcefulness: To respond to challenges and opportunities in creative ways

Responsibility: To respond when appropriate and be accountable for one’s actions  

Sense of Humor: To laugh and be playful without hurting others