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|08/10/2018 12:18:49||Mark Sweeso|
|No||Kept my attention the whole time. Wonderful presentation.|
|08/10/2018 12:18:55||All the interactive activities||When you don’t finish saying the last word of your sentence.|
|No||Funny, interactive, liked the rope activity||Need more breaks||Bathroom breaks|
|08/10/2018 12:19:02||Jenny Lopez|
|Yes||The social interactions, the passion from the presenters, the stories told during the presentation.|
|08/10/2018 12:19:04||Comraderie with co-workers. Strategies shared.|
|08/10/2018 12:19:07||Yes||Solid ideas and activities. Inspiring. Makes me ready to rock this year!|
|08/10/2018 12:19:21||Anthony E.|
|No||10 daily strategies.||None||Great overall training.||No|
|08/10/2018 12:19:29||Camille Gordon|
|Yes||Loved every bit of it!!!!||None|
|08/10/2018 12:19:41||Patti Callegari|
|08/10/2018 12:19:44||Well rounded..touched all of the high points for teachers|
|08/10/2018 12:19:49||Charlie Reeve|
|Yes||Great passion and enthusiasm|
|Yes||Love the movement and activities. The training had just enough humor to keep it interesting. The pace was perfect. The stories really helped me relate to the topic||Handouts of the PowerPoint.||To do it again.|
|08/10/2018 12:19:51||No||The realistic advice, keeping it entertaining||Nine||None|
This training gives great ideas for connecting with teenage students specially during the beginning of the school year. Very practical tips.
|08/10/2018 12:19:54||LaToya Palmer|
|No||The modeling of the strategies were great and taught me how to be able to use them with my kids.||It was a little long.||Wouldn’t really change anything.|
|08/10/2018 12:19:55||Julie Schneller|
|Yes||You are both excellent presenters. Thank you for making a long day feel short||Some awkward moments with my 9:00 partner||I hope these tools help me build community within my classes. I’m the only German teacher, so I teach most kids for 3-4 years and it’s so important to form a family|
|08/10/2018 12:19:58||No||Loved the practical strategies that were shared - the circle games/activities, side by side activity with compliments, etc. l also loved the fact that the “why” was discussed.|
|08/10/2018 12:19:59||How to improve relationships with people|
|08/10/2018 12:20:00||Ron Reese||I wa struck by the data indicating how import this is! Thank goodness my ideals of what teaching should be are back up with this program!|
|08/10/2018 12:20:03||Mary Hall||No||Great activities during presentation great info provided|
|Yes||Great bonding activities||The pen exercise||None at this time|
|08/10/2018 12:20:15||We need to be reminded more than we are taught.||It was good||Shorter|
Inspiring- great speakers
|08/10/2018 12:20:30||Allison Pride|
|Yes||Webbing circle and compliments partner work||Pen stealing||Would love to be able to go through this website||No|
I really enjoyed it!! Looking forward to implementing
|08/10/2018 12:20:31||No||The 8 words||Nothing||Na||No|
|08/10/2018 12:20:31||No||Engaging speakers, good values||Touching each other during the partner exercises||Half day instead of full :)|
I really appreciate the values throw training and program stand for. This is the most important part of life - and our job - and knowing these values are being reminded to us and reinforced makes this job and experience even more meaningful.
|Thanks for a great day!|
|08/10/2018 12:20:31||Rachel Banister|
|Yes||This totally hit home for me. I’ve done Mike Smith Live training with Jostens Renaissance, and this reminded me a lot of it. I loved everything you shared, and would even like to incorporate this in my home life with my students.||I would lovd a copy of the letter the first year teacher wrote to her kids and I would love a copy of the ten proactive expectations.|
|08/10/2018 12:20:31||Melissa Morgan|
|Yes||Lots of great ideas that can be easily applied to the classroom without supplies/planning/etc.||I wish I had a Make Kindness Normal tee like Houston’s|
|08/10/2018 12:20:43||Great information needed for a positive culture in the classroom.|
|08/10/2018 12:20:45||Elizabeth Tait|
|No||Experiencing the rope activity and being able to stand up and be silly. Concrete strategies to implement the kindness I want to exhibit to my students, but I just wasn’t sure how. I appreciated that we had 2 speakers to provide variety and the PowerPoint was not too complicated, but provided simple ideas.||I really can’t think of any! And I’m trying!||I wish I could have had it earlier in my career.||Absolutely.|
|08/10/2018 12:20:46||Raccoon circles! And the complement stems||Needed a break during the session before lunch||I hope that teachers actually use it!!|
I really enjoyed this training! Thank you for what you are doing! I am a first year teacher and I am so glad I can start implementing this right off the bat!
|08/10/2018 12:20:49||Bonnie Hulse|
|No||Great job at describing how to build character with kids.||how do we get on website? School subscriptions?||2 1/2 days instead of 1 full day|
|08/10/2018 12:20:56||Andrew Rogers||No||"What have you done for others today"|
The pen collector
The importance of note- writing
|08/10/2018 12:20:59||No||Partners and knowing people you don’t know or talk to, you made an awkward situation comfortable|
|08/10/2018 12:21:01||Chad Meyer|
|Yes||The activities! Those really demonstrate the value of play.||It was a hit.||So I hope that everyone in the room buys in so all kids get quality experiences with the program.||Keep up the good work|
|Yes||The importance of building relationships||None||More for those who still disagree|
Building relationships is not optional!
Thanks for the many quick ways to do it!
|Yes||I give you both a big thumbs up. Nice speakers and I’m guessing very nice people.||Wondering joy you left teaching.|
|08/10/2018 12:21:18||Staci Roberson||No||I really liked the activities we did in the training. I usually hate getting up at trainings but your activities were fun so I actually think they would translate well to the classroom.|
This training was very inspirational. It reminded me that I didn’t get into teaching to teach facts but to positively affect the future through my students. Thanks for that.
|08/10/2018 12:21:19||No||It was a good balance of implementation strategies and pulling of heart strings.||A lot of people made it a little difficult to fully get the impact of some of the strategies.|
Character Strong has done the research to find the missing piece to our society. It is not difficult just things that have been forgotten as society has changed and need to be intentionally implemented again.
|Yes||The reminders of how to be a better person as an individual before being the teacher. By being a better person, the mentality and traits begin to show in he every day lives, which then shows in the classroom.|
I think this is a great reminder for people to be better people and to help reconnect with others and the passion they have in their profession, whatever it may be. Adults complain about kids not knowing how to be social, having certain skills, politeness, ect, but those skills are not taught in school. If not now (with Character Strong), then when?
|08/10/2018 12:21:33||Lisa Matschek|
|Yes||Organized thoughts that gave us a sense of ownership and made it practical||None||None||Not at this time||None|
|08/10/2018 12:21:47||Icebreaker ideas. I like the "find someone with the same rype/color of shoe."||More daily application ideas, please|
|08/10/2018 12:21:48||Adrienne Black|
|Yes||All of the opportunities that gave us a chance to get up and interact with other people. Sitting is the new smoking ;)|
|08/10/2018 12:21:49||Jennifer Nelson|
|Yes||The speakers were so passionate about the program, giving actual activities to implement, making us participate so we experience what students would||None||I wish this had been done before we tried to implement it on our campus...I would have been more on board and behind the program if so!|
|08/10/2018 12:21:51||Lisa Wise|
|Yes||Great activities |
|To have access to your website that has lessons already prepared for us|
|Yes||Character is a choice|
We need reminding more than teaching
|Copies of actual lesson|
|Yes||The times that it forced us to reflect and be vulnerable.||Some of the activities that were the 5 pound compliments stuff were awkward. The shallower stuff wasn’t as interesting to me. I like to go deep.||Wish more schools in our district did Character Strong.|
|08/10/2018 12:22:13||Katie Spencer|
|Yes||Grand slam!!! Best inservice I have ever been apart of! Super revealing and vulnerable and the word that comes to mind is poetic! The way you two presented was engaging, real and applicable! Very big thanks for this!!!||Nothing, it was great!||How do I become trained to present?? How do I become better schooled to implement this for my classroom and teams? Are there more work shops?||Absolutely!|
I look forward to sending you periodical pieces of feedback.
|08/10/2018 12:22:16||No||This helped me to understand the importance of the program, and to be on board with my campus.|
|08/10/2018 12:22:25||Aletha Fager|
|Yes||I loved all the Clock Partner activities. I learned a lot about how I could do more as an educator to connect with my students. Both presenters spoke on a level that I could I understand and used examples from their real life that really hit home. I think this was an excellent training.||The only thing I could say is that I would of loved for them to add more activities - like role playing to help speak the tools we learn.||This might sound silly but I would of loved for it to be longer!|
Wow! Both presenters spoke on a level that I could I understand and used examples from their real life that really hit home. I think this was an excellent training. I recommend this to anyone who works with students.
|08/10/2018 12:22:35||Pam Cannon|
|Yes||Overall element of reflection - who & why I ama classroom teacher.|
Formalizing what I believe that I already do. Greater amount of deliberatness.
|0||Wish our space had been more open.||Not yet.|
This is my second time at a Character Strong training. Just as amazing the second time around!
|08/10/2018 12:22:53||Sarah Johnson|
|No||Interactive and natural||Long 😊||That I got it last year 😊|
I teach Math and Character Strong seemed a stretch for my world. I incorporated writing positive emails to parents last year. Every single email was met with gratitude, emotional thank yous and surprise.
At the end of the year, I felt like this was the single most effective way to send a student off knowing what they did right so they can keep doing it.
|08/10/2018 12:22:56||Mark Brady|
A opportunity to refocus on the basics!
|08/10/2018 12:22:59||No||Lots of great activities||Need more breaks... Quite a bit of information to take in. Emotionally challenging for some and a few 10 minute breaks just to be would be great.|
I made some great connections to people I wouldn't have otherwise gotten to know.
|Overall, great job|
|08/10/2018 12:23:03||Tina Faris|
|Yes||The explanations about why character development needs to happen, especially in today's climate.||I wish that you had incorporated the act of kindness example with the school that cleaned up the football field. That was powerful!|
The work that you are doing to bring relational training to schools is beyond important in today's world. I am thankful that not only will I be able to be part of this movement, but that my own children will be experiencing it at BDJH and SLHS.
|08/10/2018 12:23:04||Kayce Davis|
|Yes||Great strategies, great videos, great quotes, excellent pacing.|
I struggle with genuinely getting to know kids. I scratch the surface of getting to know them, but need help or strategies to go deeper with relationship building in my classroom and keep it up all school year.
|08/10/2018 12:23:05||Karl Burford||No||The training sold me on the need to teach character to our students. It struck me that character strong activities or actions need to occur everyday.|
|Yes||Sweet grittiness||Other teachers on their phones during the training. :-(||Loved it.|
|08/10/2018 12:23:07||Dan Carpenter||No||The core idea/concept||The pen activity. It doesn’t really serve its purpose, but it did take my pen.||It’s a little too long. Condense it down, it will strengthen the message.|
As far as large scale training goes, it’s pretty good; better than most.
|Yes||This has been the best training I have attended in 10 years of teaching. Our job is to not only teach but nurture our students. We need more kindness in the world and this program is great.||None, both presenters were engaging and well spoken||To have it at the beginning of every year to start the year off on a positive note!|
|08/10/2018 12:23:09||Vicki Buchanan|
|Yes||It was awesome! As a Christian that worked first with youth groups for 20 years, when I started teaching so many of what you are delivering is what we taught! Our world today, needs what you are teaching in the secular world! Great job!|
|08/10/2018 12:23:10||Opportunities to practice strategies||More breaks for brainstorming & self-reflection on how to incorporate into my class||Be more comfortable implementing strategies and persuading kids to “buy in”|
|08/10/2018 12:23:11||No||Rope activity was a lot of fun! I like that two people traded off presenting - makes it easier to pay attention. Appears that the lessons will be easy to access and implement. Humor by presenters was definitely appreciated!|
I noticed when we did the face to face/ back to back activity the men in our group we’re not very comfortable. I wonder if teen boys will be the same way???
|Yes||Energy and verbage— Splashes of knowledge, PInky partners, webby||None!!||See you again|
Yes. I feel what I have learned over 22 years of teaching and what i know to be successful is being taught to new teachers now!
|08/10/2018 12:23:15||Nick Handy|
|Yes||I learned the importance of helping students grow emotionally in conjunction with academics (i.e. the “whole” student)||None||The Opera give aways. “You get a car, and you get a car, and you get a car”|
I came in this morning thinking it would be a waste of time, but I was so wrong. It was such a great experience and you guys are awesome.
|08/10/2018 12:23:15||Lacey Moore|
|No||You guys were amazing! I think a lot of teachers need the reminder that we could be the only positive influence or interaction in our students’ lives.||Too much sharing with partners.|
|08/10/2018 12:23:16||Great provisions for teaching character||Not much honestly||I wish that this training would be done for the PTA’s of our schools. Education is completed between parents, students, and educators. We should use this program to help bridge that.|
|08/10/2018 12:23:26||Mark Brewer|
|Yes||Very meaningful for today. From a teacher of 28 years, this is more relevant with kids today than ever.||Yes|
|08/10/2018 12:23:26||Good team building strategies||None||Wish to get all the materials that was presented today|
The training was great! I would recommend everyone to attend it.
|Yes||Venn diagram connection|
Web circle activities
|Info on slides should included in the handout note taking in an auditorium sucks|
|08/10/2018 12:23:39||Alicia Leung|
-pen stealing and all of the interactive activities
-energy level and engaging presenters
-purpose of character strong very strong and made us excited
|-more reflective time|
-wish we one more day to process and learn
Sure, the BDJH COUNSELING TEAM would be open to it
Love the new staff dares; do you have parent training/parents resources?
|Yes||Excellent tools to bring to the classroom. Love the positive culture you are building. It is contagious! I found all of it to be applicable.||None||None|
Love "How are you doing today?" and "What have you done for others today".
|08/10/2018 12:23:49||Entertaining presenters who share real life experience||Location: really difficult to sit in auditorium chairs all day on a slope|
|08/10/2018 12:24:09||Paige Siemers|
|Yes||So many... that my entire campus could be here 🙌🏼... I am blessed to teach a character curriculum every day/ every class period - before this training I believe most of my faculty believed character learning is a “nice idea” but now they know it’s “The Plate.” Thank you for your genuine enthusiasm, vulnerability & practical application.||More of it!!!|
Sure - what I said on the “hits” - well done, Character Strong friends.
|Yes||This was a great experience. I needed to hear that it’s inportant and necessary for character development to be a priority.||None||I hope that all the teachers will buy in. Fingers crossed.||Houston-how is your mom?|
|08/10/2018 12:24:23||Shannon H||No||Great engagement||I needed a morning break||Keep doing what you’re doing. Great job!|
Houston and John were great. They believe in this curriculum and have great ideas on how to improve your school’s climate and culture.
|08/10/2018 12:24:30||Rachel Salim|
|Yes||Really helps give practical methods I can use in my room.|
Got even my grumpy co workers participating
This was truly amazing
|Nothing I just wish there would be follow up training like short training every few months to check in|
Of course. I use similar methods in my class. My dad used to give me lessons like this as a child. Sadly he died of colon cancer young, he did make it 8 years with it though (I hope the best for your mom Houston) but I use his lessons and your training has given me better ways to use them.
The students need and enjoy these lessons when the teacher shows their enjoyment for the lessons.
|No||Excellent job of showing why we do this. Providing active strategies really helped in building competence, as well||Nothing to add here. I really enjoyed the learning.||I wish we had more reflection time to literally add this to our lesson plan. I have been able to meld this into my first week plan and my semester framework. I fear others have not. I would like to see more of a push for commitment.|
Time spent developing relationships is worth the time. It doesnt take away from your curriculum, it adds to it.
|08/10/2018 12:25:08||Mike Demarchi|
|Yes||I enjoyed not just the message, but I really appreciate the main ideas being put into words for me. I knew that character was important, but now I can really communicate it to my students better.||Sweet Lord, stop making high school teachers get up and do ice breakers with strangers over and over. That is so uncomfortable for most and turns people off to your awesome message.|
|08/10/2018 12:25:11||No||I really likes the activity with the large tether. I will probably try and use it in a way to not only have the kids get through to each other but also use it as a review tool in class.|
We did character strong last year on our campus and wasn’t fully bought in. I wasn’t bought in because the program wasn’t clarified better on what it was all about. Now I have a better understanding.
|Yes||Why it is important to connect with my students. Tools how to do this.||Actually thought it was very good||That more people would actually take this more seriously.|
This training is one of the best I have been through. I believe if a school would actually buy into this program it can change the entire culture of any school. It starts with us, the teachers to be the examples.
|08/10/2018 12:25:55||Matt Hoelscher|
|Yes||Organized, fun and interactive. Good examples of things we could utilize in the classroom that are affective and don’t take up a lot of instruction time.||More examples of how this is specifically implemented in class. What are other teachers approaches to using this.||All good|
Very important stuff for today’s educators. A key component of personal development t hat largely gets ignored in many places.
|Yes||Everything. Absolutely everything. This was the best training I have been to in a while and definitely kept me engaged and had me reevaluating my idea of relationships with my students.||Nothing.||I started a Kindness Challenge with my students after Hurricane Harvey and am going to roll these two concepts in to one.|
Dear fellow teachers,
I know you brought your laptop in hopes of getting work done while sitting in the back of the meeting room or cards to cut out, but put those down. I have been awakened as a teacher and feel like I have a whole new outlook on what my class is going to look like this year. My "plate" will NOT be broken and it will be full of kindness.
You are amazing and I wish I had your job! Thank you for an amazing lesson!
|08/10/2018 12:26:14||Clark Saunders|
|Yes||It's all relevant! Relationships are the key parts to life, including education. Our schools & world would be a much better place if we would put into practice all that has been covered.||None that come to mind.||I know you mentioned the college student video for the future. I think a video of students discussing the importance of this material in their life would be powerful. Current HS or College Students.|
Not at the moment, but if I have a testimony through this I will gladly share in the future.
|Thanks for sharing your day with us!|
|08/10/2018 12:26:31||Yes||The relatable and demonstrable processes were positive and constructive. You made me feel, like yes I can do this! This needs to be a priority in the classroom. We have a saying that to become a better athlete you must become a better person first. This idea applies very much to the hyper competitive classroom and community we live in as well. Character Strong is vital our students GHI (gross happiness index).||None||Nothing beyond I wish I was able to attend the whole session.|
The relatable and demonstrable processes were positive and constructive. You made me feel, like yes I can do this! This needs to be a priority in the classroom. We have a saying that to become a better athlete you must become a better person first. This idea applies very much to the hyper competitive classroom and community we live in as well. Character Strong is vital our students GHI (gross happiness index).
|08/10/2018 12:27:58||Carol Schrick|
|Simple, pragmatic tools|
Loved that is was very dynamic.
|Sometimes it was a bit fast when it came down to the main points.|
I really loved it and learned a lot. Last year was my first year teaching and it was all about getting the academics through. Today you reminded me the reasons why I decided to become a teacher this late in my live.
|08/10/2018 12:28:11||Jami Ouellette|
|Yes||I loved every part of this! I wish we would have had this training BEFORE we did any of the character strong modules last year. I didn’t like them and the kids didn’t either. Having this grainy first would have made the modules make so much more sense. Your training to this has made me see how I interact with my students so much differently. Thank you, thank you! I’m thinking this is what I have been needing. Thank you 😍|
|Yes||Activities, engagement and caring. Using heart, head,heart. Very similiar to the nurse’s strategies - I encourage and demonstrate character importance- empathy, honesty, respect and being compassionate, etc.to my students and respect each one of them. It is an honor to have them in my class 😊||None|
Thanks, I enjoyed, engaged and learned much. Being honest with my students is extremely important as it is in healthcare.
I would love for our school (Seven Lakes High School) to give us access to the Character Strong website. I'd love to watch the videos of how the presenters facilitate the lessons. Currently, SLHS teachers are given a PowerPoint of the lesson, usually sent a few days before the lesson, and that's all we're provided with I LOVE the lessons, and want to do an AMAZING job presenting it; I feel like access to all of the materials could definitely help take my presentation up a few notches. Thanks for coming! "Consistency and competence without clarity equates to busy life without passion." That struck a chord with me. That IS our community. We need clarity!!!
|08/10/2018 12:34:14||John Mitchell|
|I don’t question the value of raising kindness levels and improving relationships between people who spend a lot of time together; in any setting those things are their own rewards. However, I sort of wish that our administrators would concede that we play a part in creating the distress that students experience with excessive academic loads. There’s nothing wrong with helping them to endure this stress by improving the environment, but we could also do more to prevent the stress in the first place.|
Yes. If you’re a teacher who’s shy or not the most organized, but you want to improve kindness and relationships, these guys and their methods can help.
|08/10/2018 12:56:23||No||Character traits to be aware of.|
Training activities wher fun and at times hard but in a good and helpful way.
|No||I enjoyed the training overall. A few slow places. I think the circle activities were really good. We didn't have access to the website last year. I hope we do this year as I think I would use many of your ideas. Being brutally honest, I liked the "older" presenter a bit more than the younger one who kept saying "alright, alright." He's not Matthew McConaughe. His opening story with the women and the airport sounded fabricated. I had a similar experience myself but the one he described sounded contrived. My story: I was teaching at a school where we could receive outside phone calls. My dad had been hospitalized and he was dying. I was in TX, he was on the East coast. My classroom phone rang - no cell phones then - it was the hospital. My dad was being moved to hospice and only had hours left. I literally ran out of my classroom and drove home. Husband arranged a flight and I packed. Drove to the airport. I cried the whole way there - softly. I sat next to the window and looked at the clouds wondering if my dad would be alive when I got there. The woman next to me was a nurse. She was very kind and tried to console me. Don't know her name or anything else, but I'll never forget her small act of kindness. I'm sure this story is similar to many who have experienced the same type of flight. I arrived close to midnight - my dad was in a coma but I did get to hold his hand and tell him goodbye. He died the next day at 9 am.||The pen activity for me was a bust. Did not complete the last clock partnering.||Perhaps a more "professional" approach - your two grown men....be relatable but not super cool.||Perhaps.|
I'd be interested in buying a t-shirt if they are availble.
|08/17/2018 9:52:03||test||Lake Stevens|
|08/19/2018 11:44:06||Rachael Olson|
|08/19/2018 11:44:11||Yes||Second day||None||Work with building members more|
Character Strong Kennewick
|08/19/2018 11:44:18||Jennifer Harris|
|Yes||Lots of tools for my toolbelt||More time to collaborate for implementation||More sharing time. Round Robin style to connect with other teachers and schools||CsEast|
|08/19/2018 11:44:26||Vikki Fogelson|
|Yes||Characterdares, going through a sample lesson|
Character Straong in Kennewick
|08/19/2018 11:44:30||Yes||Love the strategies||knowing when the breaks are||more time to look at lessons|
Chinook Middle School