Teacher Character Education to Middle School Characters
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  • 1. http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/teenbrain/view/
  • 2. Tragedy in Taber On April 20, 1999, two students went on a deadly rampage at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo. One week later, a similar attack struck a small town in Alberta. A 14-year-old boy opened fire with a .22-calibre rifle.
  • 3. Why teach moral intelligence? Moral intelligence is learned Moral intelligence is changeable Educators make enormous differences Q. What creates a safe school? (survey to 77,000 high school and middle school students) A. An empathetic teacher with solid discipline who is always there for the students “The first step in teaching moral intelligence is by being a moral example” ***Michelle Borba
  • 4. COLOR SCHEME Trustworthiness : blue Think "true blue“ Respect : yellow/gold Think The Golden Rule Responsibility : green Think being responsible for a garden or finances; or as in being solid and reliable like an oak Fairness : orange Think of dividing an orange into equal sections to share fairly with friends Caring : red Think of a heart Citizenship : purple Think regal purple as representing the state Remember: TeRRiFiCC
  • 5. Seven Essential Virtues
  • 6. Brainstorm: How could you teach the Seven Essential Virtues to middle school students?
  • 7. Emotional Learning: How/When/Where is it taught?
  • 8. Emotional Literacy Let’s Play • • • • Emote Photo Journal Emotion Match Etch and Sketch Emotion drives learning, not intellect ***Roland Barth
  • 9. The Top 10 Best Brain Foods Top 10 Brain Foods: Blueberries (tapping on head) Nuts nuts nuts (tapping on shoulders) Fish (for the flesh) Brocolli (in the belly) Yogurt (for the waist) Banana banana banana (rotating hips) Olive oil (on your thighs) Brown Bread (tapping the knees) Spinach on the shin Squishy tomatoes (with our feet)
  • 10. “Kids don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care” ***Charles Sposato
  • 11. Let’s Play: But Out Sticky Fingers
  • 12. WHY?
  • 13. Alberta teen beaten in schoolyard dies Last Updated Fri Nov 17 08:42:02 2000 EDMONTON - A 14-year-old boy savagely beaten on a school playground in Alberta has died after being taken off life support. Two boys, aged 15 and 16, accused of attacking him, have been charged with second-degree murder. They were originally accused of aggravated assault. Garrett Dumont was beaten beyond recognition Nov. 3 and remained in a coma until late Wednesday night. About 30 members of his adopted and biological families were with him when he died. A police officer investigates the scene The teen suffered head and internal injuries when he was beaten, kicked and stomped outside Highlands Junior High School in Edmonton. Police said they found several crude weapons near the crime scene, including a banged-up garbage can covered in blood. In the News
  • 14. We are running out of time 64% of kids have been bullied at school 12% were bullied once or more a week. 13% bullied once or more a week. 72% observed bullying occasionally 40% tried to intervene 64% considered bullying a normal part of school life. 61-80% said bullies are often popular and enjoy high status with peers. 25-33% said bullying is sometimes OKAY and/or it is OKAY to tease losers. 20-50% bullying can be a good thing (makes people tougher/is a good way to solve problems) Source: Centre For Youth Social Development, UBC Faculty of Education
  • 15. Who or What is to Blame? Go to http://todaysmeet.com/BullyingMatters And join the conversation
  • 16. 10 Warning Signs: 1. Lack of Interest in School. Self isolation from family and/or friends. 2. Seeing self as always the victim. 3. Persistent disregard for rules. 4. Cruelty to pets or other animals. 5. Artwork or writing that is bleak, violent or that depicts isolation or anger. 6. Talking constantly about weapons or violence. Talk about bringing weapons to school. Bringing a weapon to school. 7. Obsession with violent games/television 8. Depression or mood swings. Misplaced or unwarranted jealousy. 9. History of bullying. 10. Involvement/interest in gangs.
  • 17. 10 Things a Teacher Can Do 1. 2. Learn about bullying and violence Democratic classroom. Zero tolerance for name-calling, put-downs and taunting. 3. Know the warning signs. 4. Anti-violence student activities. 5. Have a school emergency plan. 6. Firm, fair and consistent school rules. 7. Report to principal ALL violent incidences (physical and verbal) 8. Teach conflict resolution/anger management skills. 9. Incorporate prevention of violence into your lessons. 10. Encourage students to report suspicious activities/ behavior. Bullying is a “Learned Behavior”, which means it can be “unlearned”
  • 18. 10 Things Students Can Do 1. No weapons at school. 2. Report crimes to authorities. 3. Report suspicious or worrisome behavior. 4. Learn how to manage anger. 5. Settle disputes peaceably. 6. Teen advisory council. 7. Be a peer counselor. 8. Mentor new students 9. Participate in a watch patrol. 10. Have a school peace pledge/rally Remember: A Misbehaving Child is a Discouraged Child
  • 19. Don’t Laugh at Me “The first stage of curriculum development, is creating a curriculum of care” …Harold Brathwaite