An Oldie but a Goodie?

The Character Counts program is almost 30 years old and has been working with schools and school districts across the nation.

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  Nearly 20 years ago I was in my first school that had adopted the Character Counts program.  With character discussed at regular intervals and students reminded about the "pillars of character," frequently, I know that my students , at a minimum, were exposed to what it means to be a person of good character. It didn't mean that they practiced this after they left the school building. But I really liked the program. Here is a critique of Character Counts from Augusta State University that you can read for yourself as you explore options for teaching character. The CC website does have links to activities (in their Free Resources Tab) that I have used with my students. I have not heard direct complaints with Character Counts but I do know of schools that have moved on from it and I'm not sure what their reasoning was - lack of interest? Cost? Time? All of the above? Take a few minutes and look at it yourself and make your own decision about it. If nothing else find one of the activities and make it your own. Pick one and commit to it for this coming school year. 

Optional: How comfortable do you feel incorporating character education in your curriculum? (1-10, where 10 = very comfortable!)

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Optional: Tell us more! What's one thing you wish there was more of / less of when it comes to character learning in schools?

I wish more teachers felt comfortable enough to grab those "teaching moments" with their students. So often we hear things that we should immediately deal with but we start wondering if we will be punished by parents and/or administrators for discussing sensitive issues in the classroom - instead of our math curriculum, for example. With 20 + years I now feel comfortable stopping and tackling whatever it might be. It's for the good of all students that I do this.

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