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DeeAnn Perez

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Keys for Success

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This picture is of my five year old nephew right after his kindergarten promotion ceremony. At lunch I asked him what does he want to do when he gets older? He told me that he's not sure, but he knows that he wants to work with animals, like a vegetarian (veterinarian)! For this 2029 future graduate, he reminds me of the hope we must have for our future. Hope is defined as "the sum of perceived capabilities to produce routes to desired goals, along with perceived motivation to use those routes" (Behrani, 2016, p. 107). As an educator we must instill in our students that hope is a must for a bright future. Hope is something tangible that we strive for and is indicative to positive outcomes (2016). Hope helps to inspire us to do our best and encourages us through the difficulties. The Bible reminds us in Hebrews 11:1 to have security for the reality of our future; "Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. Children must be hopeful in order to believe that they can achieve what they want to be.
This is my niece who has just promoted from the eighth grade. She and her sister came to live with us just about a year ago and it is without a doubt that she is the epitome of perseverance. This young lady is very intelligent, but with what she has had to endure over the past few years is beyond what any 13 year old should have to. But she made it through with flying colors and desires to be a lawyer, taking the proper steps to fulfilling her goals. Perseverance as defined at Dictionary.com is, "the steady persistence in a course of action, a purpose, a state, etc., especially in spite of difficulties, obstacles, or discouragement. Barriers and setbacks should be seen as challenges or opportunities for growth and development, failure - and the way we respond to it - is an important aspect of life's journey (Hoque, 2015). In Romans 5:34, Paul reminds us that, "we exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope." We have to teach our students that they are capable of anything, and when they have set-backs, it is then that having perseverance will give them the courage to keep learning and moving forward.
The Keys to Success

A Photovoice project


DeeAnn Perez

Concordia University Irvine, California

School of Education

Education 595 – Developing Character and Ethics

June 27, 2017

Doctor Karen S. Klinek

The Photovoice project I chose was inspired by some of the children in my life that I had unique opportunities in raising, teaching, or mentoring. As Jay Matthews states in Lickona (2004) that "in school, there is no greater motivation for students than the knowledge that at least one adult knows them well and cares about what happens to them" (p. 120). These photos are those of my nieces and nephews, as well as from the youth group I lead. Due to the fact that I do not have permanent placement as a teacher, I chose to focus on characteristics that I not only hope to teach to my future students, but that are displayed through the lives that I have written about in this project. These characteristics: hopefulness, perseverance, hard work, fortitude, and integrity, I believe is what will help them be successful in their future endeavors. I try to encourage and inspire every child/student I come in touch with, whether through family, church, or school. "In encouraging young people to take charge of their character is to help them understand that they are, in fact, responsible for the kind of person they become" (Lickona, 2004, p. 199). To help them to start thinking about their future, no matter if they just promoted from kindergarten or eighth grade or if they are on their way, coming from just graduating high school, I want them to know that they have all the possibilities of being successful in their futures, they just have to have those keys to success.
This picture is of my niece who has just walked off the field from her high school graduation. She had a tough road her senior year due to the fact that her family moved to Texas the year before. She was told by her counselor at the beginning of the year that the school was unable to accept her units from her previous school because of different state requirements. This meant that she would not only have to pass the required senior classes, but she would also have to make up four other required courses in order to graduate. She was already a hard worker with a summer schedule most kids would laugh at with getting up at 5:00am to feed her livestock, worked at a cattle ranch from 7:30 - 1:00pm, and then driving her younger sister to gymnastics, where she also worked with aiding the coaches in helping young gymnast's. So there was no question that she would buckle down and get it done. And now with all of her hard work at school she is now on track to fulfilling her dream of attending Texas A & M. She embodied the essence of hard work as described in Lickona (2004): initiative, diligence, goal-setting, and resourcefulness (p. 10). "Work ethic and competence aren't something separate from our character; rather they are part of it. In fact, how well we do our work, how capably and conscientiously we perform jobs large and small, is one of the primary ways we affect the quality of other people's lives (Lickona, 2004, p. 122). As teacher's we know about hard work. Every day we are put to the test and we are successful at modeling this when our students benefit from what we do. God reminds us to do our best because we are God's fellow workers (1 Corinthians 3:9). We are called to be hard working and to teach our students to do the same.
This is another young lady that has turned into an amazing woman and has been able to keep her integrity in tact. I have watched her grow up in our youth group and her testimony is inspiring.She has been through times where most would give into the pressures of the world, but she was able to hold her head high, while holding on to her moral compass, her faith. Throughout high school she maintained a high GPA and received a scholarship to Southern Methodist University. "Integrity is adhering to a moral principle, being faithful to moral conscience, keeping our word, and standing up for what we believe (Lickona, 2004, p. 10). We as educators should steer children to being guided by what their morals or consciences are telling them to do. One of my favorite saying to kids is, what's right isn't always popular, and what's popular isn't always right. Choosing to be real, honest, and standing with convictions will always be a challenge, especially in a world that accepts the lack of it (Ezell). The Bible tells us in Proverbs that, "the integrity of the upright will guide them, but the crookedness of the treacherous will destroy them" (Proverbs 11:3). Saying who you say you are and doing what you say you are going to do, whether your out in public, church, work, school, or at home alone, is what integrity is all about. In order to teach integrity we have to live it.
This is my other niece that came to live with us last year. She was able to complete two years of school in one and was able to graduate this past June. She has endured more than most in the last few years and now has been able to achieve her goals in graduating this year. Her fortitude will continue to carry her through the next phase in life which includes joining the United States Air Force. "It is the inner toughness that enables us to overcome or withstand hardship, defeats, inconvenience and pain, it is with courage, resilience, patience, perseverance, endurance, and a healthy self-confidence that people achieve fortitude" (Lickona, 2004, p. 8). Fortitude as St. Thomas Aquinas describes it is "a certain firmness of mind which is required both in doing good and enduring evil" (Dr. Livingstone). In Hebrews, the author reminds us of the fortitude through the lives of the Old Testament heroes:
"Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets, who by faith conquered kingdoms, performed acts of righteousness, obtained promises, shut the mouths of lions, quenched the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, from weakness were made strong, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight" (Hebrews 11: 32-35).
We must be able to teach our students fortitude and help and guide them, even when the going gets tough. As teachers we must take personal experiences and examples from others to illustrate this important characteristic.
Through hopefulness, perseverance, hard work, fortitude, and integrity, these five photos of students who have achieved great milestones in their lives has taught me that no matter our circumstances we all are able to learn and obtain the characteristics that help carry us through. These photos remind me that as educators we have the responsibility of being positive influences in the lives of the students that come into our classrooms and may be the only time they have someone teaching them the keys to success. The value of successful characteristics has rarely been illustrated more convincingly than in the life story of this man:
Failed in business at the age of 22, ran for Legislature and defeated at 23, again failed in business at 24, elected to Legislature at 25, sweetheart died at 26,had a nervous breakdown at 27,defeated for Speaker at 29, defeated for Elector at 31, defeated for Congress at 34, elected to Congress at 37, defeated for Congress at 39, defeated for Senate at 46, defeated for Vice President at 47, defeated for Senate at 49, elected President of the United States at 51.
That’s the record of Abraham Lincoln. Abraham Lincoln also suffered many personal tragedies but he overcame them, due to the fact that he had formed within himself the characteristics of success.

In order for the next generation to get through this thing called life, they must be able to obtain these characteristics. To do this I would create a project using Photovoice and requires students to find a role model in history that exudes positive characteristics. There are many examples of men and women in history that exemplify hopefulness, perseverance, hard work, fortitude, and integrity: Abraham Lincoln, Mother Teresa, Gandhi, Princess Diana, Helen Keller. They would have to tell their role models story through pictures, as well as their characteristics.

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