What's Happening in Character?

New Year, New Challenges: The Crucial Skill Missing in your Back to School Plans

Posted by Kara Coleman on Wed, Sep 16, 2015 @ 04:09 AM

by Kara Coleman

The days of summer are no longer stretched out before us with long vacations, fewer rules, and flexible bedtimes.  A new school year has started and the pace has changed.  Whether you are a parent, teacher, or both, your plate is probably overflowing.  But isn’t it like that every September?  Isn’t it fascinating how quickly we are able to switch into our old efficiency-driven modes?  Hectic morning routines, carpools, long meetings, extra curricular practices, parent-teacher conferences, and homework battles quickly become the norm and we often don’t look back.

Children, especially those in elementary school, are not as experienced with this jarring switch to systematic chaos.  With the hustle and bustle of fall, it is easy to forget thatstudents may need a "brush up" on social skills to navigate new and unfamiliar settings with peers, teachers, coaches, and school staff.

Building and maintaining healthy relationships with others should be a priority for teachers and their students.  Sure, everyone spends time on rules in those first few days, such as respecting others, but how often are students given the opportunity to practice and refine relationship building skills throughout the school year?

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Topics: Character Development, Back to School

Character Development: On and Off the Field

Posted by Tip Fallon on Mon, Mar 9, 2015 @ 14:03 PM

By Tip Fallon, graduate of a National School of Character, Roosevelt High School

It is remarkable how the seemingly smallest incidents can make a lasting impact when it comes to character development.  Over 15 years ago, I was playing on my high school soccer team and we traveled to an out-of-county school for a game. This situation was a little different because we played almost all of our regular season games in our own county.  I recall the ride to this game being much further than other games, and we had never played the team before.  As we covered long stretches of road far off the highway to get to the school, I recall feeling out of my element.  This school and town seemed very distant, and different from, the community that we lived in and played in.  

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Topics: Sportsmanship, Youth Sports, Character Development