What's Happening in Character?

Tina Haas

Tina Haas is a Detroit elementary teacher leader that is passionate about improving the quality of life for families in struggling communities. She spends after work hours writing curriculum and tutoring students in reading and math. Outside of work you can find her crafting, reading, participating in triathlons, and spending time with her family.

Recent Posts

Using Social Studies to Develop Active Citizens 

Posted by Tina Haas on Thu, Mar 29, 2018 @ 09:03 AM

Social Studies is an inherently personal topic.

It is that time of the school day that has been carved out to specifically look at our history, our accomplishments, failures, systems we have created in order to survive and most importantly, relationships we have developed. It is more than the mere regurgitation of names and dates. It is a wonderful opportunity to look with a critical eye and develop our own ideas while refining our values through connections, self-reflection and conversations with peers. It offers a chance to learn from the past so we can do better for the future.

This is a realization that our world desperately needs.

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Five Tips for Teaching Core Values

Posted by Tina Haas on Thu, May 11, 2017 @ 09:05 AM

The teaching of values sounds like something that should be done at home under the parents' discretion, doesn’t it? Unfortunately, not all parents are doing this. This may be due to a number of reasons, so who is to take on this essential job?

As teachers, if we focus solely on teaching academic content without a moral compass, what kind of citizens are we producing? Educated people that lack a strong moral foundation run the risk of applying their skills in ways that do not enhance the quality of our world. Even worse, they run the risk of using those skills  to lead people in the wrong direction, and if one day they find themselves in a position of power, they may use it to make decisions that are destructive to our communities or world. If world leaders of the past held values that were deeply rooted from a young age, mankind would be in a better place for it. This is our chance to make a difference for the future of our world, to create a society of smart and good citizens, and it is imperative that we approach it the right way.

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Topics: core values, 11 Principles