Strategies for Teaching Character

Speak the language of character
- Use the virtues when instructing your students. Example: "Who can I trust with the responsibility to go to the office to pick up my mail?"

Role Modeling
- Remember! While you're at school, "you" are your student's most influential role-model.
- Students are very astute, even at age 6. They can tell who "walks the walk" or just "talks the talk".

Foundation of Respect/Responsibility
- Almost everything you do will have its basis on the virtues of respect and responsibility.
- Talk about it, write about it, honor it, reflect on it, expect it, and show that they are the most important virtues in your class.

Cooperative Learning
- Engage your class with meaningful, relevent tasks that require collaboration and group cooperation to complete assignments.

Morning Meatings
- Morning meetings are a great way to begin your day, solve class/school problems, practice democracy, set goals and bring a sense of belonging and unity to your group.

Visually Promoting Character
- Hang posters, student's work, quotes from heroes and heroines. Tip: Be sure to make references to these in your daily teachings.

Teachable Moments
- These happen on a daily basis and are an excellent opportunity to teach "life lessons". Example: A performing group presents an assembly. This is a great opportunity to talk, write and reflect on what virtues they may have uses.
Tip: Try turning negatives into "teachable moments".