Character Education

6 Exercises to Get to Know Your Students Better—and Increase Their Engagement

Summary:  This article underscores the importance of knowing more about your students even when faced with distance learning during the pandemic.  Strategies and classroom practices are shared from around the country including a very successful “Laws of Life” project which gave students the opportunity to tell their story through writing, music, art, and other forms …

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7 Ways to Embed Character Development Virtually

Summary:  This article from Character.org, provides several tips to help develop character while teaching virtually. These tips concern self-care, inspiration, goal setting, problem-based learning, journaling, involving parents and families, and leading peers and colleagues. Source:  Arthur Schwartz, President, Character.org, August 27, 2020 Description:  “As a former teacher, I know how much more difficult it will …

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We’re Not ‘All in It Together’ – But we could be, if we rise to the moment.

Summary:  This article talks about the importance and character and civic-mindedness in dealing with the spread of the coronavirus.  The author speaks about civic character and the responsibility each of us should feel toward acting responsibly in the face of this public health crisis. Source:  Eric Liu, The Atlantic, April 8, 2020 Description:  “When Americans …

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Book Review: Nurturing Students’ Character

Summary:  This new book by Maurice Elias and Jeffrey Kress offers ideas and strategies that teachers can use to manage their classrooms and increase their students’ learning.  Drawn from practical experience, these techniques are time-proven and classroom-tested. Source:  Kress, Jeffery S, and Elias, Maurice J., “Nurturing Student Character:  Everyday Teaching Activities for Social Emotional Learning”  Published …

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How to Promote Social, Emotional, and Character Development

Summary:  This article suggests eight strategies that are low-cost and require little training that can help to promote SECD in your classroom.  The strategies have been culled from classroom visits made by members of the Rutgers SECD Lab in New Jersey Schools. Source:  Maurice Elias, Edutopia, October 14, 2019 Description:  “As more and more schools adopt …

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Administrators Share 7 Tips for Building Positive School Culture

Summary:  This article shares seven ideas for building school culture.  They include value everyone’s journey, avoid negative messaging, encourage risk-taking, model the behavior you expect from others, support others and never lose your humor, do the little things that go a long way, and make time to greet others.  These tips can have a positive effect …

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Here’s Why Raising ‘Good’ Kids is Just Good Enough…

Summary:  This article from NBC’s Parent Toolkit, suggests ways to raise socially responsible kids.  These include acts of helpfulness and kindness as well as good problem-solving skills.  A final suggestion is that parents need need to model these traits for their children. Source:  Maurice Elias, NBC Parent Toolkit, April 2, 2019 Description:  “It’s no secret: we all …

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“From a Nation at Risk to a Nation at Hope? – the Aspen Report

Summary:  This article provides a link to the Aspen Report consisting of recommendations from the National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development.  You can download the report itself and view a video of the original livestream from the January 15 release of the report Source:  National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development, January 15, …

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Social-Emotional Learning Writing Resources from 826 National

Summary:This website is dedicated to student writing and there are resources which have been developed jointly by 826 Digital and the Cartoon Network which champion Social-Emotional Learning and focus on kindness and empathy and bullying prevention. Source: Anna Griffin, 826 Digital Manager, September 2018 Categories: Student Voice, Student Engagement, SEL Basics, Empathy, Character Education Description: “826 Digital champions student writing. By …

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New Study Suggests That Greeting Students with a Positive Message Yields Benefits

Summary:“Positive greetings at the door of classroom increased students’ academic engagement by 20% and decreased disruptive classroom behavior by 9%, according to a study published in the Journal of Positive Behavior earlier this year” Source:Amelia Harper, Education DIVE, September 14, 2018 Categories: Relationships, School Culture and Climate, SEL Basics, Character Education, Student Engagement Description: “Greeting students at the door is …

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