Character Education: Bringing Character Education to Life

Bring character education to life with these tips.
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Updated on: January 14, 2002
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Ten Ways to Bring Character Education to Life

Selected from, 100 Ways to Bring Character Education to Life

Building a Community of Virtue
#7: Constantly prohibit gossip and, when appropriate, discuss its damaging consequences.
#22: Publicly recognize the work of the "unsung heroes" who keep the school running: the custodians, repairmen, secretaries, cafeteria workers, and volunteers.

Mining the Curriculum
#27: In history and literature classes, regularly weave in a discussion of motivations, actions, and consequences.
#30: Help students form friendships. When forming cooperative learning groups, keep in mind both the academic and emotional needs of the students. These groups can be an opportunity to group students who might not otherwise interact with one another.

Involving Teachers, Administrators, and Staff
#46: Choose a personal motto or mission statement.
#54: Illustrate integrity: let students see that you meet the same expectations of hard work, responsibility, gratitude, and perseverance that you place upon them.

Involving Parents
#61: Create a written code of behavior for the classroom and the school. Ask parents to read and sign the code, as a pledge of mutual support.
#64: "Catch students being good," and write or call parents to report it.

Involving Students
#85: Impress upon students that being a good student means far more than academic success.
#100: Remind students – and yourself – that character-building is not an easy or one-time project. Fashioning our character is the work of a lifetime.


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Boston University's Center for the Advancement of Ethics and Character offers lessons and methodologies to help teach virtue to students.

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