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Character Education in Practice

On Thursday, August 31, students from all grades at CRE gathered in the gym for our first school assembly of the year. Donning their school colors, students saw their teachers and CRE staff re-enact common scenes throughout the school day - recess, the lunchroom, a friend dispute, and the classroom - in both negative and positive ways. The purpose of Character Education is to provide students the opportunity to learn and practice positive character traits that will benefit them the rest of their lives.

The Character Bound program provides learning and growth opportunities for students in grades K-6. The program focuses on 3 specific character modules: Kindness, Integrity and Citizenship. Within each module, distinct character traits will be the focus. Teachers will spend 3 weeks discussing, teaching and reinforcing each trait through morning and afternoon circle discussion within the classrooms.

Module 1: Kindness. Traits: Compassion, Respect, Cooperation and Fairness.

Module 2: Integrity. Traits: Self Control, Honesty, Responsibility and Diligence.

Module 3: Citizenship. Traits: Leadership, Courage, Teamwork and Service.

As the character traits are discussed and practiced, students who are "caught" demonstrating these positive traits within the building and at recess/lunch can earn a Paw Card to turn into their teacher. Teachers will document all the Paw Cards earned on a rubric sheet. As students complete the rubric, they can earn Dog Tags showing their mastery of each character skill. There are 15 dog tags that can be earned. Each dog tag is unique in color and lists the specific trait the student has mastered. Dog Tags can be earned throughout the year, not just during the 3-week lesson window.

September 1, 2017 | By mgreene1 | Category: Castle Rock Elementary School

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