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Building Character in Schools

Author : Kevin Ryan
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Young people in America today face a crisis of character. Traditional role models continue to disappoint the public, falling short of expectations and fostering cynicism rather than idealism. As a result, many young people struggle to distinguish right from wrong and seem indifferent to whether it matters. It clearly becomes the task of parents and schools to re-engage the hearts and minds of our children in forming their own characters. In Building Character in Schools, Kevin Ryan and Karen Bohlin draw from nearly fifty years of combined field experience to offer a practical guide to character education -- designed to help children to know the good, love the good, and do the good. Ryan and Bohlin provide a blueprint for educators who wish to translate a personal commitment to character education into a schoolwide vision and effort. They outline the principles and strategies of effective character education and explain what schools must do to teach students the habits and dispositions that lead to responsible adulthood -- from developing curriculum that reinforces good character development to strengthening links with parents. A useful resource section includes sample lessons, program guidelines, and a parents' list of ways to promote character in their children. Building Character in Schools clearly defines the responsibilities of adults and students in modeling and nurturing character and sets forth practical guidelines for schools seeking to become communities of virtue where responsibility, hard work, honesty, and kindness are modeled, taught, expected, celebrated, and continually practiced.

Building Character in Schools Resource Guide

Author : Karen E. Bohlin
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Introduces the concept of character education, describing what it is, how it can be implemented, and how current users can improve on their current practices.

Activities for Building Character and Social Emotional Learning

Author : Katia S. Petersen
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Hundreds of user-friendly lesson plans help teachers build attitudes of respect and caring, reduce problem behaviors, empower students to solve problems, and educate the whole child socially, emotionally, and academically. The lessons' literature-based connections allow teachers to "build in" rather than "add on" social-emotional learning (SEL) as part of the daily curriculum. Field-tested in classrooms across the United States, these activities when fully implemented have resulted in improved school climate, greater parent engagement,increased academic achievement, and reduction in discipline referrals. The Activities for Building Character and Social-Emotional Learning resource guides are essential teaching tools for all preK - 8 teachers.

106 2 Hearing The First Tee Building Character Education Serial No 107 68 June 25 2002

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In the Name of Morality

Author : Tianlong Yu
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There is presumably a trend toward depoliticization of character education as character educators claim to teach universal values and engage in community-based decision making. However, as Tianlong Yu argues in this book, under the umbrella of universality, character educators define virtues based on neo-conservative ideologies. In the name of community, they trivialize issues of gender, race, class, and culture and promote the interests of dominant social groups. In the Name of Morality: Character Education and Political Control traces the historical origins of character education and stimulates readers to look critically into the social interests, power relations, and political agendas that have shaped the character education movement in the United States. This challenging, yet engaging, book reaffirms the crucial relationship between moral education and politics. It is a must-read for anyone who is concerned about students' character building and moral education in schools.

Building Learning Communities with Character

Author : Bernard Novick
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Offers a nine-step problem-solving approach to address the obstacles faced by school administrators as they initiate or maintain a goal-oriented environment that supports learning and achievement.

Building Character Through Literature

Author : Rosann Jweid
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Provides summaries for old and new children's classics, such as "A Wrinkle in Time" and "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone."

Building an Intentional School Culture

Author : Charles F. Elbot
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This resource provides tools, case studies, strategies, and implementation plans to help educators create an "intentional school culture" that fosters excellence, builds character, and improves academic achievement.

Character

Author : Deborah L. Rhode
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Americans claim to care about character. Over four fifths want it taught in public schools, and 95 percent think that a president's character is important. And historically, philosophers, educators, politicians, religious leaders, judges, and the general public have agreed that character should be valued and reinforced. Yet in the United States, the institutions charged with that mission have consistently fallen short. Simply put, too little effort has been made to understand the importance of character and the strategies that can best develop and support it. After first exploring the history of the concept over time, Deborah Rhode turns her focus to the institutions that have traditionally fostered good character: families, schools, youth organizations, civic groups, and political organizations. However, as we have increasingly de-emphasized the subject-a trend that is most evident in our politics-our awareness of its shaping influence has waned. Indeed, we often focus on the wrong things when it comes to fostering good character. For instance, almost a third of the workforce is covered by licensing laws requiring good moral character, even occupations where the need for screening is not self-evident: florist, fortune teller, and frog farmers. Character also plays a pivotal role in the criminal justice system, in defining guilt, punishment, and eligibility for parole. All too often, these legal requirements are idiosyncratic, inequitable, and subject to race and class bias. Millions of Americans who have convictions for minor offenses are excluded from a vast range of occupations and benefits without evidence that such exclusion serves the public interest. We can do better, she stresses, and outlines a powerful program for reform. Rhode punctuates the book through a series of portraits of exemplary individuals whose good character made them who they were: Ida B. Wells, Jane Addams, Martin Luther King, Mother Teresa, Nelson Mandela, Albert Schweitzer, and Thurgood Marshall. All of these individuals had flaws, but through their commitments to both social justice and helping the less fortunate, they all demonstrate the power and importance of strong character.

Character Building Day by Day

Author : Anne D. Mather
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In elementary schools across the country, teachers are expected to provide at least five minutes of character education each day. This book makes it easy to meet that requirement in a meaningful way. It includes 180 character vignettes—five for each of the 36 weeks in the school year—grouped by trait. Each features kids in real-life situations making decisions that reflect their character. Each is short enough to be read aloud; all can be used as starting points for discussion, to support an existing character education program, or as the basis for an independent program. An excellent tool for the classroom or the character-conscious home.

The Organized Teacher s Guide to Building Character

Author : Steve Springer
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Learn to teach character traits to your students The Organized Teacher's Guide to Building Character, a comprehensive resource that will help you implement character education into your lesson plans. The book features ten plans (one for each month of the school year), each focusing on a different character trait, including Respect and Responsibility, Honesty, Courage, Fairness and Self-Discipline. A multitude of ideas, books, videos, etc, to use with children of different ages. Complete lesson plans incorporate easy-to-access materials that a teacher may already have in her classroom or library. Topics include: Respect and Responsibility; Loyalty/Friendship; Kindness/Caring; Self-Discipline/Self-Control; Perseverance/Diligence; Honesty; Courage; Fairness; Gratitude and Integrity

Teaching Character and Virtue in Schools

Author : James Arthur
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Teaching Character and Virtue in Schools addresses the contemporary issues of quantification and measurement in educational settings. The authors draw on the research of the Jubilee Centre at the University of Birmingham in order to investigate the concern that the conventional wisdom, sound judgement and professional discretion of teachers is being diminished and control mistakenly given over to administrators, policymakers and inspectors which in turn is negatively effecting pupils’ character development. The books calls for subject competence to be complemented by practical wisdom and good character in teaching staff. It posits that the constituent virtues of good character can be learned and taught, that education is an intrinsically moral enterprise and that character education should be intentional, organised and reflective. The book draws on the Jubilee Centre’s expertise in support of its claims and successfully integrates the fields of educational studies, psychology, sociology, philosophy and theology in its examination of contemporary educational practices and their wider effect on society as a whole. It offers sample lessons as well as a framework for character education in schools. The book encourages the view that character education is about helping students grasp what is ethically important and how to act for the right reasons so that they can become more autonomous and reflective individuals within the framework of a democratic society. Particularly interested readers will be educational leaders, teachers, those undertaking research in the field of education as well as policy analysts with a keen interest in developing the character and good sense of learners today.

Bringing in a New Era in Character Education

Author : William Damon
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The authors provide a unique perspective on what is needed to make character education an effective, lasting part of our educational agenda. Each chapter points out the directions that character education must take today and offers strategies essential for making progress in the field.

Record of Current Educational Publications

Author : United States. Office of Education
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Bulletin

Author : United States. Office of Education
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Create a Culture of Kindness in Middle School

Author : Naomi Drew
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Practical, research-based lessons for middle school educators to teach students pro-social attitudes and behaviors to prevent bullying. Create a Culture of Kindness in Middle School focuses on positive and pro-social attitudes and behaviors that build a respectful and compassionate school environment, while also addressing the tough issues of prejudice, anger, exclusion, and bullying. Through role-playing, perspective-taking, sharing, writing, discussion, and more, students develop the insights and skills they need to accept differences, resolve conflicts peacefully, stop bullying among peers, and create a community of kindness in their classrooms and school. Based on survey data gathered by the authors from more than 1,000 students, the book’s research-based lessons are easy to implement and developmentally appropriate. Digital content includes student handouts from the book.

Building Character

Author : Gayle Mindes
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Contains thematic units and activities for the early childhood classroom that incorporate character education into the social studies and other areas of the curriculum.

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Character Education in the Classroom

Author : Donna Jean Scanio
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Is your character showing? It has been said that a picture is worth a thousand words. What that means is that a picture can be remembered 10 years later whereas the exact words can be lost along the way. What does that tell you about the way you act and behave? How do you look to others? I developed this program to help students learn skills necessary in building character. This material is designed to be an 8-10 week course that can be taught in schools. I have included various character traits along with worksheets for students to use to help them practice these skills necessary to develop character. You will see a variety of examples as well as appropriate and inappropriate behaviors. I have also included assessments to help evaluate student success in learning. This material is designed so that you can have fun while learning how to replace inappropriate skills with more appropriate and acceptable skills. Teachers should use this material as a guide to fit their individual teaching style

Activities for Building Character and Social Emotional Learning Grades 3 5

Author : Katia S. Petersen
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Build attitudes of respect and caring, reduce problem behaviors, empower students to solve problems, and educate the whole child with this flexible, user-friendly activity guide. The lessons' literature-based connections allow teachers to "build in" rather than "add on" social-emotional learning (SEL) throughout the day. Field-tested in classrooms across the United States, these activities when fully implemented have resulted in improved school climate, greater parent engagement, increased academic achievement, and reduction in discipline referrals. Features of the book include: 100+ easy-to-implement year-round activities that integrate info the daily curriculum in all subject areas Monthly themes focused on empathy, bullying prevention, teamwork, decision-making, and more Concise lesson formats (Read, Discuss, Do, Relate) Discussion and writing prompts Built-in assessments Digital content includes all of the book's reproducible forms.