Lesson for April – Mr. Stanford

For our end of class discussions this month, we are going to be discussing our four karate homework assignments. Each week will focus on a different homework, and because students will be spending so much time at home for the next several weeks, the discussions will center on actions and behaviors at home.

Week 1: Goals

Students should use the SMART (Specific. Motivating. Achievable. Relevant. Trackable) goals model to set goals for the work they need to get done at home. A great karate related goal is to complete the “Weekly Training Record” every week for the duration of this home-training season. That will make sure students stay on track with their karate training and keep them physically active.

Students can also make it a goal to complete the “Daily Challenge” each day. There are tracking sheets for both of those goals that were emailed to all active students, and can be found at our website: jpblackbeltacademy.com.  

Week 2: Self-Discipline

With spending extra time at home, that means extra time for everybody’s favorite activity: chores! This is a great time for students to continue building habits with daily responsibilities or starting new responsibilities. When filling out a self-discipline homework, it is ok to write the same thing down multiple times, especially if it’s a new responsibility! Being able to write down the same thing encourages the students to continue doing the same thing which will build the habit. Don’t forget, it can takes weeks to build a new habit, be patient!

Once a habit is built, students can still use that on a self-discipline homework, but should only be written down once or twice overall. So don’t worry about filling up this homework with 25 unique actions! It can be a great motivation to use new responsibilities, such as a new chore or doing online schooling, complete one (or more!) homework assignments.

Week 3: Knowledge

Now that all schooling is done at home, students have a great opportunity complete a knowledge homework. Students shouldn’t use their assigned work to complete their homework, but anything extra. Doing extra non-assigned work could count, or as usual, doing extra reading on their own.

Instead of playing regular games on their tablet/computer, students can play educational games. Students can also make it a goal to read more books during this time as well.

Week 4: Respect

As we’ve talked about in class before, sometimes the most challenging time for a student to always show respect is at home. Because students are more comfortable and familiar with their family members, they don’t always pay as much attention to what they are doing and saying, which can lead to actions and behaviors their regular teachers (and karate instructor!) couldn’t even imagine coming from the student!

This is where parents and siblings can help greatly by pointing out when students are not showing respect. It can take a LOT of patience to do this, but it must be done by also showing respect. Angrily yelling at someone to be nicer will usually lead to more anger and more disrespectful actions and words from the other person. So don’t forget to calmly let the other person know that what they’re doing doesn’t show respect, why it doesn’t, and remind them that by making more respectful decisions they can write down those actions on their respect homework

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