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Character Education

Note: I found a great book at the public library that I would like to recommend.  It offers ideas on dealing with unwanted problem behavior.  The name of the book is Don't Give Me That Attitude!, by Michele Borba

  What is Character Education?

The Definition of Character Education

Character education involves teaching children about basic human values including honesty, kindness, generosity, courage, freedom, equality, and respect. The goal is to raise children to become morally responsible, self-disciplined citizens. Problem solving, decision making, and conflict resolution are important parts of developing moral character. Through role playing and discussions, students can see that their decisions affect other people and things.
Source: From The Language of Learning: A Guide to Education Terms, by J. L. McBrien & R. S. Brandt, pp. 17-18, 1997, Alexandria, VA: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.

Understanding Character

A lot of times, we hear people talk about someone as a man of character. Other times, someone might be described as an unreliable character. Sometimes, we hear them referred to as quite a character!

When people begin to talk about character, there could be a dozen different shades to their tone. They might be sounding impressed, awed, disgusted, frightened, amused, bemused or a combination of these reactions.

What exactly is character? The dictionary would tell you that it is, basically, an attribute or a quality that defines a person. This means that you are defined by a certain set of habits, qualities or attitudes and these form the basis upon which you character is judged.

Character can have positive or negative associations. For instance, when someone is called a man of character, the unsaid adjective is a positive one. It means that he is ethically and morally upright and can be trusted. When someone is just a character, it means that he is unique. He could be funny, awkward, interesting or ridiculous. But he has a strong distinctive personality that sets him apart from others.

Every attribute of you goes into the building of your character. If someone were to describe YOU as a character, they would take into consideration all aspects of your personality, including your physical appearance, your social habits, your psychological reactions and other people’s perception of your strengths. In fact, the last aspect – other people’s perceptions of you character – is what goes into giving you a reputation, whether positive or negative. Author: Annie Zaidi. Copyright 2004.


The Character Education Movement

Character Education is a national movement creating schools that foster ethical, responsible, and caring young people by modeling and teaching good character through an emphasis on universal values that we all share. It is the intentional, proactive effort by schools, districts, and states to instill in their students important core, ethical values such as respect for self and others, responsibility, integrity, and self-discipline. It provides long-term solutions that address moral, ethical, and academic issues that are of growing concern about our society and the safety of our schools. Character education may address such critical issues as student absenteeism, discipline problems, drug abuse, gang violence, teen pregnancy, and poor academic performance. At its best, character education integrates positive values into every aspect of the school day.


Shell Knob School studies one of the following character traits each Month

Responsible - September
To be reliable, dependable, and accountable by admitting mistakes (but learn from them).

Respect - October
To value, honor, admire and be accepting of differences.

Courteous - November
To be polite, mannerly, and gracious.

Kindness- December
To be caring, show concern and patience toward others.

Attitude - January
To develop a pleasant disposition, check body language signs, and control opinions.

Tolerance - February
To show acceptance in differences and uniqueness of others.

Fairness - March
To show honesty, truthfulness, and sincerity.

Courage - April
To develop self-reliance, independence, and moral strength.

Citizenship - May
To do the right thing for family, school, community, and environment.

10 Tips for Raising Children of Character

10 Tips for Raising Children of Character.pdf(PDF file - requires Adobe Reader)

100 Ideas for Implementing Character Education

100 Ideas for Implementing Character Education.pdf(PDF file - requires Adobe Reader)

Helpful Character Education Links

Links to even more Character Education websites

Teaching Guides for Good Character