Saturday, August 2


I'm soooo honored to be participating in the book study for my friend Barbara Gruener's absolutely INCREDIBLE book!
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If you have not seen her blog, you MUST GO! She blogs at The Corner on Character. Her posts resonate. 'Cuz she's just so special.

I even got to meet her last summer and then saw her again a few times this summer! Lucky, lucky, LUCKY me!!! Here we are in San Diego, with Shauna from The Picture Book Teacher's Edition...where Barbara (who lives in TX) and I (who lives in WI) both happened to be at the same time!

I absolutely adore this entire book...Barbara's anecdotes and examples make each trait come alive and help me know exactly what I want to try in my classroom. It's more of a handbook than a one time read and I know that my copy will be dog-eared and tabbed sooooon!!!

The entire book is amazing and I have lots of pages tabbed already! You can find ideas and examples for each of the character traits highlighted.

She's set the book up so that each chapter highlights a character trait...using the acronym:


    • Service
    • Unconditional Love
    • Perseverance
    • Empathy
    • Respect
    • Honesty
    • Enthusiasm
    • Responsibility
    • Obedience
    • Encouragement
    • Self Discipline
Brilliant, right?

I am super late to the party (sometimes life just explodes, right? Thank you for your grace and friendship, Barbara. Love you!) with my post on Chapter 3...but better late than never, eh? This is a party that I absolutely did NOT want to miss!

'Cuz I LOVE the book and I LOVE Barbara!
Book Study - Perseverance Chapter

In this chapter Barbara emphasizes the importance of Perseverance...aka...stick-to-it-iveness.

What's Under Your Cape? Superheroes of the Character Kind

When something new is hard, ya gotta have it.

When challenges come your way, ya gotta have it.

When learning to read or write or solve is hard, ya gotta have it.

When learning has been easy and all of a sudden you're stretched, ya gotta have it.

It's especially powerful when perseverance is demonstrated with a positive attitude.

Along with fantastic examples and ideas, Barbara recommends several picture books...

I can't describe how lucky I feel to have my review quote selected and placed on the back of the book...

Barbara's entire book has me thinking about how I will tweak my classroom setup and though I always infuse character development into my classroom community, I'm wanting to go decorate with the Superhero theme...of the character kind! I'll keep you posted on how it goes.

I LOVE to combine our initial study of perseverance with finding text evidence - this best seller is engaging for my classes every year and produces powerful results! They LOVE holding each other accountable for finding text to support their answers. You can read more about this unit by clicking the picture below or {this link right here}.

You might also be interested in these posts about Growth Mindset...

In the meantime, here are some freebies for you to use when you work with your students on this mission-critical lifeskill! Click the pic to download!

Don't forget to pick up your copy of What's Under Your Cape? Superheroes of the Character Kind!!! Click here to get it personalized from Barbara!


  1. Freebies and graphics and quotes, oh my! What a phenomenal perseverance post! WoW ... you rocked it, my friend. Thank you for your loving kindness. First you endorse my book, now this out-of-this-world review. Your school family is so richly blessed by you ... as am I.

    EnJOY soaring to new heights,


  2. What a wonderful post Lisa!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Just stumbled on this post from pinterest - wish I'd found it a few weeks ago but I'm still going to use lots of it to encourage perseverance in my classroom! Great post and freebies - thank you!
    Growing Little Learners

  4. This is great! You've piqued my interest. I'll have to check out Barbara's character book, for sure. Thanks for the great perseverance activity!
    Sarah :)

  5. I have never heard of that book, but after reading your post I think I need to put it on my to read list. I think it is such a wonderful idea to teach students about what it means have perseverance. Thanks for the freebie :)
    @ Wiley Teaching

  6. I switched from teaching kinder to 5th grade, does anyone have a recommendation for a good growth mind set book I can use for teacher read aloud?

    Thx Amanda

    1. Hi Amanda! Here's a great book called Powerful Stories of Perseverance in Sports - it gives a few stories and is for 4th-7th graders. Affiliate link: Powerful Stories of Perseverance in Sports.


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