A huge part of teaching lies outside of the curriculum. Teachers cannot simply teach the basics; math, science, social studies, English, etc. We need to teach the students how to work together cooperatively, how to follow routines and procedures, and how to strive for their best.
Character education has become a bit of a buzzword over the past few years. I think people want to make sure that values are still taught. It seems that they have eroded over time. I think this may have to do with the pace and nature of society these days. I know that when I was younger I went to church and learned some of those important life lessons there. I also went with my grandma and it was a family affair.
I don’t want to focus on the erosion of value here. That could be a negative post. Teaching Tip Tuesdays is about helping other teachers and being positive. That being said, I think it is important for teachers to model good behaviour. We also should take it a step further and teach these valuable social skills. To that end, let me share with you some excellent resources on Character Education.
Growing Character by Deb Austin Brown
I can’t say enough about this book. Brown’s strategies are amazing, and the tips are invaluable to any teacher. One of the best parts of this book is that it has over 400 inspiration quotations at the back of it. It also has weekly homework sheets that help students learn social skills. I have implemented many of the ideas from this book into my daily teaching. Get this book, read it, devour it. I highly recommend it.
TRIBES: A New Way of Leaning and Being Together by Jeanne Gibbs
Another great book for instilling a sense of community. It is chopped full of activities, of theory, and easy to follow lessons. I will write in more detail about this program next week.
I hope you will find these resources as useful as I have. If you need any help with your classroom or have any questions, comments, or suggestions please reply with a comment or send me an email. I’d be glad to hear from you.
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