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5 Myths Working Against Character Education in Our Schools

5 Myths Working Against Character Education in Our Schools | Character Education | Scoop.it
Because character education and SEL are misunderstood, they are often ignored as an integral part of the learning for which our schools are responsible.
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Creating a Culture of Integrity in the Classroom

Creating a Culture of Integrity in the Classroom | Character Education | Scoop.it
Students develop academic honesty when you build their moral vocabulary, respond appropriately to cheating, use meaningful quotes, and inspire them to believe in themselves.
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The "Kindness Game" Activity | Edutopia

The "Kindness Game" Activity | Edutopia | Character Education | Scoop.it
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An activity for Bullying Prevention Month

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When kindness is fun

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Five elementary kids are asked why 1 kid is being bullied… watch what the boy on the end reveals.

Five elementary kids are asked why 1 kid is being bullied… watch what the boy on the end reveals. | Character Education | Scoop.it
Wow, I wish all kids were like this.
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The Global Search for Education: Our Top 12 Global Teacher Blogs - What are several real ways you have seen bullying reduced?

The Global Search for Education: Our Top 12 Global Teacher Blogs - What are several real ways you have seen bullying reduced? | Character Education | Scoop.it
Dr. Tracey C. Burns is a Project Leader at the OECD's Centre for Educational Research and Innovation, Directorate for Education and Skills in Paris (@OECD_Edu). She is considered a global expert on the subject of bullying.
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A Model for Effective Professional Development

A Model for Effective Professional Development | Character Education | Scoop.it
The Eastern Christian Professional Development Academy, run for teachers & by teachers, is an impressive model that all schools should consider.
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Teach Responsibility in the Elementary Classroom • What I Have Learned

Teach Responsibility in the Elementary Classroom • What I Have Learned | Character Education | Scoop.it
Teach responsibility in your elementary classroom through the use of anchor charts. Continue refining what responsibility means to your students all year.
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This idea doesn't have to just apply to elementary students.  Character Education is important at every level!

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Character Resource Roundup: How Do I Assess School Climate?

Character Resource Roundup: How Do I Assess School Climate? | Character Education | Scoop.it
This Character Resource Roundup offers guidance on Principle 11 by providing tools and resources for assessing school climate.
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Self-Assessment Questions for a Growth Mindset

Self-Assessment Questions for a Growth Mindset | Character Education | Scoop.it
Here are some great self-assessment questions based on an infographic that features growth mindset principles.
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Helpful infographic and questions to use for performance character.

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WATCH: Bullies Picked On Him Everyday, Until He Started Doing One Simple Thing To Turn It Around

WATCH: Bullies Picked On Him Everyday, Until He Started Doing One Simple Thing To Turn It Around | Character Education | Scoop.it
What an inspirational story.
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He changed an entire school climate.

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The power of believing that you can improve

The power of believing that you can improve | Character Education | Scoop.it
Carol Dweck researches “growth mindset” — the idea that we can grow our brain's capacity to learn and to solve problems. In this talk, she describes two ways to think about a problem that’s slightly too hard for you to solve. Are you not smart enough to solve it … or have you just not solved it yet? A great introduction to this influential field.
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A tie in to performance character.

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When Grading Harms Student Learning

When Grading Harms Student Learning | Character Education | Scoop.it
Instead of issuing zeros, penalizing late work, and grading formative assessments, teachers should make the classroom a place of hope instead of fear.
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Middle School Maker Journey: The Making of a Mantra

Middle School Maker Journey: The Making of a Mantra | Character Education | Scoop.it
In part eight of his year-long series, Kevin Jarrett reveals the power of a four-word design thinking mantra dominating the wall of his middle-school makerspace.
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3rd Grade Thoughts: Are you a Soda Kid or a Water Kid? {Noticing our Reactions}

3rd Grade Thoughts: Are you a Soda Kid or a Water Kid? {Noticing our Reactions} | Character Education | Scoop.it
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Great way to talk to kids (and even adults!) about reactions and emotions.

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Empathy in Action: How Teachers Prepare Future Citizens | Edutopia

Empathy in Action: How Teachers Prepare Future Citizens | Edutopia | Character Education | Scoop.it
Teachers are uniquely positioned to teach empathy, which will help children not only discover personal success, but also contribute to the betterment of society.
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Fieldcrest Elementary School: Growth Mindset - Talk It

Fieldcrest Elementary School: Growth Mindset - Talk It | Character Education | Scoop.it
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Teaching the Growth Mindset by Changing the Words We Used

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Teaching for Life Success: Why Resourcefulness Matters

Teaching for Life Success: Why Resourcefulness Matters | Character Education | Scoop.it
Teach resourcefulness (processing information intellectually and emotionally) by applying problem-solving knowledge to new situations and helping students know when to collaborate or work independently.
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A good read...

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Praise effort not intelligence

Praise effort not intelligence | Character Education | Scoop.it

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A nice list of praises for effort in the classroom...

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3 Ways to Create an Inclusive Learning Environment

3 Ways to Create an Inclusive Learning Environment | Character Education | Scoop.it
By Jasper Fox Sr. Imagine for a minute that you are a student again. Now imagine that learning within the school setting isn’t happening easily. You watch other students progress and wonder why it isn’t as easy for you. Maybe there is a lot going on at home or outside of school, or maybe learning is just harder for you. The bottom line is that an awful lot of students are struggling to make meaning of their educational experience. Just last week, a window into the reasons students struggle went viral and got mainstream exposure on CNN. The article “#IWishMyTeacherKnew shares students’ heartbreak, hopes” provides insight into some of the forces causing students to stumble. My set up of #IWishMyTeacherKnew lesson + box for kids who want to keep it private/anonymous most wanted to share out pic.twitter.com/BFBaZ43WT9 — Kyle Schwartz (@kylemschwartz) April 19, 2015 Schools need to provide a welcoming experience for all students, not just those who struggle, so that effective classroom strategies can be successfully employed. Here are three tactics to consider when creating an inclusive learning environment: Differentiating: We know that everyone learns differently, so move past the “one-size-fits-all” approach to instruction and assessment. Try allowing students to engage with information in a variety of formats, such as websites, videos, and podcasts. Books, magazines, and periodicals provide rich nontech ways for students to progress through materials as well. Provide small group or individual, direct instruction so you can tailor content delivery more accurately for specific learners’ needs. Assessment choices represent an opportunity for students to showcase their understanding in various ways. Examples include portfolios, presentations, and oral exams. When we customize students’ experiences in our classroom, we can build upon their strengths and help to develop and improve their understanding of topics with which they are struggling. Healthy Grading: Stop taking off points for behaviors like lateness, unpreparedness, or talking out of turn. While these and other behaviors are important to manage, they shouldn’t be used to mask or reflect students’ understanding of a topic. Instead, focus on what the students do know and let that show in your grade book. The components of an enlightened grading philosophy include Regular formative assessments in which quality, descriptive feedback is generated and personalized for each student. Opportunities for reiteration that are embedded within tests and quizzes. Once satisfactory understanding is demonstrated on formative assessments, students are ready to attempt a summative test. Ensuring that students are prepared for an exam increases the likelihood of initial success—which builds confidence and purpose. Relationships: The most effective way to build an inclusive learning environment comes from forming meaningful connections with your students. Simple, time-honored techniques such as not raising your voice and saying their names correctly are great ways to start building relationships. By taking some extra time and effort to view each pupil as an individual and truly believing that each student can succeed, you’ll become partners in success. Putting your students’ emotional needs first is important because without feeling safe and understood, no instructional strategy will be effective. By building relationships in the classroom, students will feel comfortable enough to come out and tell us what is on their minds without having to wait for an opportunity from you to do so. Students want to feel valued and like they are a part of a larger school community. By forming a bond between you and your students and providing a sound educational framework for success, real learning will occur. *** Jasper Fox Sr. teaches science at Copper Beech Middle School in the Lakeland Central School District in Shrub Oak, N.Y., where he is currently in his twelfth year of teaching. He was recently named the Educators Voice Honoree for Middle School Teacher of the Year at the 2014 Bammy Awards and was a semifinalist in the 2015 New York State Teacher of the Year program. An avid writer and connected educator, Fox maintains an active Twitter presence as @jasperfoxsr and writes for a variety of sites and publications.
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Why character, not career, is key to a life of consequence

Why character, not career, is key to a life of consequence | Character Education | Scoop.it
What do Dwight Eisenhower, George Eliot and Dorothy Day all have in common? Besides achieving career success, all overcame a personality weakness -- such as a bad temper or big ego -- that led to internal transformation. Judy Woodruff sits down with David Brooks to discuss his new book, “The Road to Character,” and rethinking our personal priorities.
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FastTrack Coach Academy believes that ICF's "Creating Awareness" and Character Coaching go hand in hand.
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Teachers: What's Your Motto in the Classroom?

Teachers: What's Your Motto in the Classroom? | Character Education | Scoop.it
A motto is a powerful way for teachers to encapsulate the principles, values, and ideals which guide them in their daily decisions.
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Five Ways to Teach Your Students Empathy

Five Ways to Teach Your Students Empathy | Character Education | Scoop.it
In my classroom, the single most important thing I can teach my students is empathy. If my students are able to understand the thoughts, feelings, and needs of others, they will be able to interact in a selfless manner. This will also help them to avoid physical and unpleasant conflict. Here are 5 ways to teach your students empathy.
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