All Character Education activities need to be planned to build a comprehensive program in the school environment. Several ideas need to be infused to help bring the lessons to life, and ensure that all aspects of the school environment support such programs. Let’s take a few ideas.
Infusing Character education
A very effective way of delivering moral and ethical values is through infusing character education messages. Teachers should read stories about people of strong character to students. They should also ask them to write response journals or debate the sides of a controversial science issue, using the virtues to guide their arguments.
Character education programs in schools
Programs and observances around one virtue or theme is a great way to reach and unite entire students in an entire building. Teachers should focus on one idea each month. School Leaders and teachers should equally be responsible to highlight this virtue. While teachers make it a point to address the values, leaders can plan for a variety of activities that spans across the school. And that has proved to work in a perfect way for students to get involved, too. Students can visit classrooms of younger children, write essays or create posters to share what they have learned through these activities or programs.
Creating teachable moments
Conduct class meetings. That has been always counted as one of the powerful ways to address virtues among students in a single classroom. These meetings should be specifically designed to address and discuss rules and regulations, feelings and perspective of others and the problems that occur, using Character education activities and programs as a guide.
Interaction between teachers and students should be with respect, dignity and fairness. It is absolutely imperative that relationship between a student and a teacher should be transparent and good.
Ethical Rules and Regulations
The rules, regulations, policies, privileges and consequences, should be consistent with the character education curriculum. Teachers should always check to see that the discipline code honors the same ethics and virtues that are being taught to their students. If it is not, some effort is necessary to bring the two in line with each other.
The school administration should take care of their staff’s well being. They should make sure that all staff members are treated respectfully and fairly. If teachers or other staff in a school feel frustrated and unappreciated, these feelings are likely to drip and trickle down to the students, even if they are intended to or not.
Therefore, if we are going to implement the above mentioned points, Character education programs can be a really powerful way to enhance a student’s ethical and moral values.
Academic instruction isn’t the only responsibility teachers have in today’s classrooms. More and more, teachers are being called on to teach students about values… things like making good decisions, the showing of respect, taking responsibility, choosing friends, and having a positive attitude. It’s a responsibility that could be overwhelming, considering the limited hours available in a school day, the number of kids in the classroom, and the diversity of backgrounds and personalities each child represents.
Character Education by Just Do The Right Thing” is a practical and powerful tool that equips educators to tackle values training with confidence.
By: Francis David
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Francis helps parents, administrators and teachers learn about Character Education and how the Just Do The Right Thing Program can help kids of all levels find success both in and outside the Classroom.