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Part of The Walden School’s mission is to promote a high standard of academics in a peaceful and caring learning environment.  One way in which this learning environment is created is through our Lifeskills program.  Lifeskills is a character education program for students in first through eighth grade.  One of the unique aspects about Lifeskills at The Walden School is how much it compliments the solid foundation of community building, conflict resolution and problem solving that is established in our preschool classrooms.  Our 1st - 8th grade school community begins each new year by studying the 5 Lifelong Guidelines: Trustworthiness, Truthfulness, Active Listening, No Put-Downs and Personal Best.  These five guidelines are based upon a respect for others and self and, when consistently followed, provide for a safe environment in which learning can take place.  Once the 5 Lifelong Guidelines have been reviewed, Walden’s School Counselor, Lauren Conway, meets with each class for bi-weekly guidance lessons to introduce and explore each of the 19 Lifeskills that define Personal Best:

Caring: To feel and show concern for others 

Common Sense: To use good judgment 

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
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