What's Happening in Character?

Time for Character Education

Posted by Rebecca Sipos on Mon, Nov 25, 2013 @ 10:11 AM

Third in a series by student teacher Rebecca Bauer. She graduated from a National School of Character and wants to make sure that as a teacher she includes character education, but she is finding it challenging.

Even at an elementary school as great as the one that I was working at, I still felt the need to “sneak in” character education. The classroom environment encouraged respect and responsibility, but another part of the character education equation, critical thought and discussion, was missing.  Despite believing deeply in the importance of character education, I felt uncomfortable making time to devote entire lessons to it, especially in a classroom that I was only borrowing for a couple months. While I have read and will continue to read ways to incorporate character education into the common core standards requirements, as a student teacher trying to get by, my survival strategy turned into simply sprinkling in character education wherever I could.

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Topics: character education, character education in curriculum, teachable moments, student teaching, Bauer Rebecca

When Hate Speech Goes Unchallenged

Posted by Rob McManamy on Fri, Nov 22, 2013 @ 11:11 AM

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

                                                                   George Santayana

When the Spanish philosopher and essayist penned those memorable
words in 1905, he was actually adapting an older quote from the British statesman Edmund Burke, who had observed in the 18th Century that “those who don’t know history are destined to repeat it.”

With apologies to both gentlemen, I would like to adapt the phrase
yet again for the 21st Century: “Those who don’t teach history all but
guarantee that it will be repeated.”

I feel moved to write those words this week as we mark the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on Friday, Nov. 22.

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Topics: teachable moments, JFK, teaching history

The Content of Our Character

Posted by Mark Hyatt on Mon, Aug 12, 2013 @ 21:08 PM

By Mark Hyatt
President & CEO

This Aug. 28 will mark the 50th anniversary of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s iconic “I Have A Dream” speech—or as we like to refer to it at CEP, his “Content of Character” speech.
From the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, addressing more than 250,000 civil rights supporters who had gathered in 1963 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, Dr. King reportedly had not intended to list examples of his “dream.”

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Topics: Character Education News, role models, character, character education, leadership, president's post, teachable moments

What's the Character Lesson in the Rutgers Coaching Incident?

Posted by Joe Mazzola on Mon, Apr 8, 2013 @ 11:04 AM

What does it take for leaders to make really tough decisions?

I’ve been following with great interest what happened at Rutgers University after the video clip of their basketball coach received so much attention.  The whole thing is pretty sad on several different fronts.  However, it is also rich with “teachable moments,” for coaches and others who are in positions of trust and leadership. 

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Topics: character education, teachable moments

What’s the Worst Part of the Lance Armstrong Cheating Scandal?

Posted by Joe Mazzola on Tue, Jan 29, 2013 @ 12:01 PM

I was a big cycling fan before the sport got popular in our country.  And, back in the day, I was a pretty serious cyclist myself--I spoke the lingo, wore the gaudy jerseys, shaved the legs, rode custom racing bikes with “Campy Record” components and I had the muscled-up quads one only gets from logging thousands of miles in the saddle. 

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Topics: integrity, moral character, cheating, teachable moments

Nurturing an Attitude of Gratitude in Kids

Posted by Michele Borba on Tue, Nov 20, 2012 @ 09:11 AM

There’s something about the Thanksgiving season that tunes up my “reflective switch” and makes me think a bit more about our children. I worry that over the years we’ve removed ourselves a bit as a society from the real meaning of this glorious holiday. We’re seeing an upsurge–even in a recession–of kids who are a bit too spoiled, a bit too unappreciative, and a bit more ungrateful for all the good things life has to offer.

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Topics: key lessons, family, Borba Michele, teachable moments, Michele Borba

Everything You Need

Posted by Bertice Berry on Tue, Sep 25, 2012 @ 12:09 PM

The following comes from one of our National Forum on Character Education keynoters, Bertice Berry's, blog. She is blogging daily in an attempt to teach her readers and herself the art of transformation. She writes:

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Topics: key lessons, Forum Speakers, teachable moments, Bertice Berry

Staying in the Question

Posted by Bradley Warner on Tue, Aug 21, 2012 @ 14:08 PM

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Topics: key lessons, moral character, teachable moments, teachers

From Classroom Rules to Class Promises

Posted by Dara Feldman on Tue, Aug 14, 2012 @ 12:08 PM

My last year as a classroom teacher, I finally got it! Making a list of rules, even if they were written in a positive way, was not the way to start the year off right.

At the kindergarten parent meeting, which was held the day before school started, I read the book Inch and Miles to the parents and guardians of my incoming kindergarteners. Inch and Miles is Coach John Wooden’s "Success Pyramid for Kids." I then asked the adults to describe what success in kindergarten would like for their child. Instead of talking about learning to read or to do math, they said things such as, their child would be excited to come to school (Enthusiasm), they would do their best work (Excellence) and they would play well with others (Cooperation).

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Topics: school climate, student voice, core values, teachable moments

Empathy in Action

Posted by Marilyn Perlyn on Wed, Aug 1, 2012 @ 11:08 AM

When my oldest son, Chad, was fourteen, he started a service learning project and was able to secure free medical and dental care for local children in our community who had no insurance. The lessons that Chad experienced as a teen stuck with him and now, at age 38, as a young pediatric plastic surgeon, those experiences are ingrained in him as he continues along his life journey. He just returned from his sixth trip to Haiti to help children who required surgeries following the devastating earthquake that happened in 2010.

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Topics: Service learning, family, teachable moments, National Forum

Preventing Academic Dishonesty Part 2: What Teachers Can Do

Posted by Melissa Crossman on Tue, Jun 12, 2012 @ 10:06 AM

From a teacher’s perspective, cheating is both a major hassle and a serious disappointment. When students cheat, teachers must bother first with catching the cheating and then with dispensing punishment. They’ll also have to deal with feelings of disappointment in students they’d trusted as they know cheating is a demonstration of the student’s failure to follow a moral path.

 

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Topics: moral character, cheating, core values, teachable moments

Preventing Academic Dishonesty: What Parents Can Do

Posted by Melissa Crossman on Wed, May 30, 2012 @ 14:05 PM

Cheating, or academic dishonesty as many schools refer to the practice, is a problem that continues to persist in the field of education. And for teachers who aim to fill their students’ heads with knowledge and prepare them for the future, this is a serious issue. When students cheat they fail to fully engage in the learning process and, as such, will likely not acquire the knowledge necessary for later-life success.

Whether students engage in this type of behavior in online classes or as part of their traditional, brick-and-mortar schooling, it will necessarily adversely affect their learning. While parents may not be able to prevent their children from cheating, they can reduce the likelihood that their students make academic dishonesty a common practice by engaging in frank discussions and being on the lookout for cheating.

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Topics: parent involvement, cheating, teachable moments

Character Integration - authentic or artificial?

Posted by Rebecca Sipos on Tue, Jun 9, 2009 @ 18:06 PM

Which is best? Or does it matter? In our preK-3 character building, the character lessons serve as something tangible for our young students to connect with and hold on to as they learn all about the pillars of character. Because of their developmental age, trustworthiness, for example, is kind of an abstract concept, but when we pitch a quarter - which represents a lie - in to a bucket of water and then give the students an "honest abe" penny to pitch in to show that it's impossible to cover up a lie, now we've done some science with the water displacement and given students a concrete visual of the ripple effects that lying and then trying to cover it up can have.

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Topics: character education in curriculum, teachable moments, National School of Character, what works in education