Character Education in Five Easy Steps

"Character is the real foundation of all worthwhile success." - John Hays Hammond

When I was preparing to become a teacher I envisioned my classroom of the future to be a caring learning community built from consideration and respect. One which applauded responsibility and perseverance; where friendships grew through cooperation and sharing. Unfortunately, I found the reality to not always be so picture perfect. Oh I had some amazing kids who were hard working, kind, and generous, but I also had children who seemed unfamiliar with words like respect and honesty. It never occurred to me at the time to intentionally teach these things. After all, they weren’t in our curriculum, so I only addressed character traits as situations warranted.

Character education helps teach your students to make better decisions and implementing those traits creates a more cohesive and productive learning environment.

Fast forward a couple of years. Behavior problems in school seemed to be on the rise maybe because more and more kids were going to before and after school programs which meant less time with families…less time to teach those important traits that would build the foundation for how they would choose to treat others and what effort they would put forth in school. It became obvious that we as a school family had to do something. Our counselor put together a set of traits that the entire school would work to develop. There was a specific trait we were all to focus on each week and one child from our class was to be recognized for demonstrating that trait. It was a great start but without any character building resources, planning lessons became a time consuming chore and as time went on, it was the thing first eliminated from the lesson plan when teachers ran short on time.

Introducing Show and Tell in the Classroom

Not many teachers today find time in their busy schedules for weekly show-and-tell, but it can be a great way to help get to know students and for students to begin to connect to one another at the beginning of the year.

Not many teachers today find time in their busy schedules for weekly show-and-tell, but it can be a great way to help get to know students and for students to begin to connect to one another at the beginning of the year.

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Shared and Performance Reading

Reading in the classroom can be seen in many forms: interactive read alouds, shared or performance reading, guided reading, or independent reading. Shared and performance reading is similar to interactive read alouds because you are engaging the students as you read, but it takes things beyond listening and discussing. Shared and performance reading involve students.

Reading in the classroom can be seen in many forms: interactive read alouds, shared or performance reading, guided reading, or independent reading. Shared and performance reading is similar to interactive read alouds because you are engaging the students as you read, but it takes things beyond listening and discussing. Shared and performance reading involve students.

For all types of shared and performance reading, it is imperative that every students can see the text. This may mean that you are using a big book or poster, you may be projecting the text on your document camera or interactive white board, or you may simply give each student a copy of the text.

Interactive Read Alouds

It is important that students of all ages listen to and comprehend texts read aloud. When a text is read aloud to a student, it frees them from the stress of decoding and focusing on expression. Interactive read alouds give teachers a great opportunity to observe student understanding, assess critical thinking skills, and use academic vocabulary.

It is important that students of all ages listen to and comprehend texts read aloud. When a text is read aloud to a student, it frees them from the stress of decoding and focusing on expression. Interactive read alouds give teachers a great opportunity to observe student understanding, assess critical thinking skills, and use academic vocabulary.

The books you use for interactive read alouds can serve many purposes. When selecting texts, consider your curriculum and the goals you have set for your students. To have a successful read aloud, you must read the texts in advance.

Bulletin Board Essentials

Whether bulletin boards are mandated or you enjoy the creative challenge, they serve an important purpose for your classroom. You can use them to welcome your students and their families at the beginning of the school year or keep parents informed. They also can showcase student learning or help build a sense of community by displaying student artwork.

Once you've chosen the perfect bulletin board design, you need to make sure you have the right tools. We've gathered 34 bulletin board essentials to help you get started.

Once you've chosen the perfect bulletin board design, you need to make sure you have the right tools. We've gathered 34 bulletin board essentials to help you get started.