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OTPIC Officially Retired As of December 2, 2005, the Online Training Program on Intractable Conflict (OTPIC) has been officially retired, and is no longer open to new registrations. The successor to OTPIC is a course called Dealing Constructively with Intractable Conflicts (DCIC) . The new curriculum is built around one of our major projects, Beyond Intractability , and offers a much more extensive and informative set of learning materials than that available through OTPIC.
In honor of National Bullying Prevention Awareness Week, I have been facilitating classroom guidance lessons about bullying. I shared one of my favorite counseling books, Good-Bye Bully Machine, by Debbie Fox and Dr. Alan L. Beane , with second, third, and fourth grade students.
Looking for a book for teens that emphasizes trustworthiness? This list can help. Use the menus below to search by age or by the Six Pillars of Character .
Being a good citizen means helping others. Good citizens help others at home, at school, in the neighborhood, and in their communities. Purpose: To guide children to find the meaning of "community" and work together to find and carry out a community volunteer project. Materials:
Teachers are some of the most powerful influences in a child’s life. As a teacher, you can help children increase their self-confidence as you provide them with a chance to build on their achievements and be successful in and out of your classroom. Classroom activities provide children with infinite opportunities to affirm their abilities.
Boost your children’s self-esteem and self-confidence by acknowledging and appreciating their strengths and accomplishments. Follow the steps below to celebrate the milestones in their lives. Pull out a few photos of your children in varying stages of growth and arrange the photos according to each child’s age. Talk with your children about how much they have grown and tell them how old they were when they reached certain milestones (e.g., walking, potty training, brushing teeth, going down the slide). Together, talk about what they can do now that they could not do when they were younger. Then, ask them what they do well that makes them especially proud.
Teasing is one of those unpleasant aspects of growing up, but the plain truth is certain kids sure do seem to get more than their fair share. Of course, we tell our children to just “shrug it off” and “not take it so seriously,” but some kids just can’t. Those verbal barbs sting! While we can’t stop kids from saying nasty stuff to our children, we can do things to reduce the chances our sons and daughters will be targeted.
Many of today’s students lack an understanding of respect because their experiences with this essential character trait have been minimal. Think about it: If you are rarely around people who display respect and if you aren’t treated as though you are a valued and worthwhile individual, how can you possible “catch the behavior?” That’s the secret of learning new character building behaviors—they’re caught by watching others do them well. Today’s schools and classrooms are enormously significant institutions because for many students these places may be the only times appropriate character building traits can be taught.
Research shows that boosting our children’s emotional intelligence and ability to read nonverbal cues can enhance their ability to fit in, get along, bounce back and handle life. One in 10 children have Emotional IQ deficits Did you know that most of the time our kids aren’t listening to our words nearly as much as watching our posture, gestures and facial expressions and hearing the tone of our voice? Albert Mehrabian, author of Silent Messages, conducted a series of classic studies and found that t he percentage of communication actually sent through spoken words is only seven per cent! The greatest portion of our messages–over fifty-five per cent!–is communicated through our body language and thirty-eight percent is through the tone of our voice.
Special Sunflowers Description: Laurence Anholt's Camille and the Sunflowers provides an excellent way to introduce a discussion about feelings and ways to care about others. Camille and his family warmly welcomed Vincent Van Gogh to their town. Camille's friends and the rest of the townspeople made fun of Van Gogh and he eventually moved away.
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Character isn't what we think, it's what we do. Here are some opportunities for students to apply the values we associate with good character. As Aristotle said, when we do good things we become good people. Souperbowl of Caring http://www.souperbowl.org
Sorry about the length of this page. The first half is K-5; the bottom half is grades 6-12. Happy scrolling! Hudson Public Schools, Massachusetts Our service learning program begins in kindergarten with all kindergartners being involved in several efforts: a handicapped awareness program that extends into a "hop'ning" that raises funds for the March of Dimes; a student run recycling program tied to a environmental studies science unit; and a holiday toy drive linked to a social studies unit on community. Like our kindergarten, each grade develops its own initiatives. For example, a group of our first graders have an ongoing relationship with senior citizens at our local Senior Center that helps teach students basic literacy skills.
This article first appeared in the Sept/Oct 2004 issue of Today's School under the title: "You Are A Character Educator." et’s get one thing perfectly clear – you are a character educator. Whether you are a teacher, administrator, custodian, or school bus driver, you are helping to shape the character of the kids you come in contact with. It’s in the way you talk, the behaviors you model, the conduct you tolerate, the deeds you encourage, the expectations you transmit.
by David Elkind and Diana Flasher Service learning is a form of project based learning in which academic goals are accomplished through community service. Service learning develops citizenship and good character, and provides a rich context for academic instruction and student learning.