Character Education Plan for the Year
I believe that one of the main goals of education is to, along with the parents help, guide the development of good character. My plan for the school year is to focus on an important characteristic each month.
The characteristics are:
September- Respect February- Empathy
October- Responsibility March- Trustworthiness
November- Bullying April- Citizenship
December- Caring May- Honesty
January- Fairness June- Perseverance
Each month, we will focus on what the characteristic means, read books demonstrating that characteristic, and notice when our classmates are acting with character.
Each student will also be asked to find a book, article, picture, video or something of their choice that demonstrates to them the characteristic we are focusing on that month. They will share this with the class what their choice is, and how it relates to that characteristic. This a very casual sharing and I would ask that there is something that can be left behind to show what the item was so we can display it on our bulletin board. If it is a book, photocopy would be great or if it is a Youtube video a print out of the title or screenshot would work.
Here is a letter that I would send home to the parents.
This is a mockup of what the bulletin board in my classroom would look like.
This is a Character Slip that would be by the bulletin board in the classroom. When a student demonstrated the character trait that we are focusing on, another student that noticed that the act will fill out a slip and place it somewhere under “Examples of how our class shows this characteristic.”