A valuable site for elementary teachers. There is a different character trait focused on each month. As you click on the link, you are provided pre-teaching ideas, lesson plan options, and a list of books that promote the character trait being emphasized.
This list is easy to read, and you can quickly apply the ideas at your school and in your classroom. The file was developed by a group of teachers and administrators and assembled into a document at the Center for the Advancement of Ethics and Character at Boston University. #20 says to, “Write, call or visit parents to praise their child”. It seems quite simple, but does this happen enough at your school?
As the title says, this is a site for free character education resources. There are materials available appropriate for kindergarten through twelfth grade. I found the full-color posters to be a great find especially if your school allows you to print in color.
A super cute video about making mistakes. It's short, but could prompt a lot of great discussion in your classroom. It says it's appropriate for 6-12 year olds, but I would say it's geared more toward the younger end of that range.
There is not a guaranteed recipe for successful character education, but there are key principles to consider. The Eleven Principles of Effective Character Education establishes a foundation to create and cultivate positive character learning. In explaining each of the 11 Principles, this resource describes each principle and depicts what it should “look like” when applied. This can help schools starting a character initiative or schools refreshing current character education practices.
The title of this article pretty much sums up what you'll find in it. As I reviewed it, I found the suggestions to be straightforward and easy to implement into regular classroom practice. While providing great links and information on character education, the main point of this article encourages schools to treat character education using a holistic approach as no program or plan will be effective if not fully embedded in the curriculum and school culture.