Wildcat Nation Vol 2 Issue 1 - Page 20

Character education includes and complements a broad range of educational approaches such as: whole child education, service learning, social emotional learning, and civic education. Everyone shares a commitment to helping young people become responsible, caring, and contributing citizens.

Character education is also a learning process that enables students and adults in a school community to understand, care about, and act on core ethical values such as: Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring, and Citizenship. At Story Intermediate, we learn and build on each character each six weeks. For the first six weeks, we are focusing on Responsibility.

Students are reminded of scenarios in which they can contribute to being a responsible citizen everyday in our morning announcements. Students are also given an incentive key tag for responsible characteristics that the student may portray. At the end of the six weeks, there is an incentive party for those who received a key tag.

At Story, we include everyone in our character education program from principals, teachers, paraprofessionals, students, the community, and even parents. They feel that ,in order for character education to be effective, everyone must be involved. Character education must be integrated into the curriculum as well as the school culture. When this happens school communities unite around developing character and schools, teachers, and parents will see positive results.

Character education is not new to the school system. It is actually mandated as a part of the public school system.

Along with our character education, we also implement a kindness challenge each week as well as a community involvement kindness movement each month. We are excited about who we are becoming at Story Intermediate!

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