Tell Your Story to Students
Everyone loves a good story, especially children. Tell your own stories of integrity and your students will have greater respect for you and will feel better connected to you. When did you begin to value integrity? Did you see your father return the extra change he mistakenly received? Did you notice your mother never lied? Did a particular teacher help you understand the importance of doing quality work? What was her name? How did she impress this upon you?
Telling the negative stories is effective as well. Make sure you do not include real names, but tell the stories of how you decided to choose integrity by learning from the mistakes of others. A wise person will watch and learn without having to learn the hard way.
by Sara Berry, Founder & CEO, Integrity Time, LLC