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    1. 1. Strengthening Character in Secondary Physical Education and Sports Institute of Sports Psychology and Van Nuys Middle School 2003 CAHPERD Convention April 12, 2003
    2. 2. GOAL: To experience FUN character inclusion activities.
    3. 3. Objectives <ul><li>Be aware of the Six Pillars of Character </li></ul><ul><li>Understand how to fit them in a PE and/or Sports program </li></ul><ul><li>Learn some FUN activities for the inclusion of character education. </li></ul>
    4. 4. Greetings <ul><li>Hello, My name is ___, I most enjoyed the (movie). Partner </li></ul><ul><li>Hello, My name is ___, I most enjoy (food). Group of Four </li></ul><ul><li>Hello, My name is ___, I most admire (person). Group of Six </li></ul><ul><li>Hello, My name is ___, my favorite character quality is …. Group of Eight </li></ul>
    5. 5. Teachers, coaches and advisors who believe in the principles of “Pursuing Victory with Honor” and “A Commitment to Character” … <ul><li>Will not need constant supervision and monitoring; </li></ul><ul><li>Will instill these values in their student participants. </li></ul><ul><li>Will ensure that fighting and other disruptions do not occur during classes, events, or contests; </li></ul><ul><li>Will mentor others with whom they work. </li></ul>
    6. 6. It often takes courage and strength to exhibit sportsmanship and good character.
    7. 7. In the majority of cases, visitors to the school will form their opinions of the values promoted at the school based on the impressions given by these programs and their participants.
    8. 8. How can teachers, coaches, advisors and administrators be the most effective? <ul><li>Demand adherence to behavior codes and “Commitment to Character.” </li></ul><ul><li>Monitor compliance to sport, game and eligibility rules. </li></ul><ul><li>Confront incidences of unacceptable behavior. </li></ul><ul><li>Center extra-curricular programs around the six pillars of character. </li></ul><ul><li>Penalize poor behavior – reward good behavior . </li></ul><ul><li>Guidelines on how to get there ……………… </li></ul>
    9. 9. Pursuing Victory With Honor T.E.A.M. Game Plan <ul><li>TEACH = T </li></ul><ul><li>ENFORCE = E </li></ul><ul><li>ADVOCATE = A </li></ul><ul><li>MODEL = M </li></ul>
    10. 10. TEACH… <ul><li>SPECIFY . Make clear that you expect students and athletes to be trustworthy, respectful, responsible, fair, caring and good citizens. </li></ul><ul><li>DEFINE . Be sure they understand what those terms mean in terms of their own conduct. </li></ul>
    11. 11. Teach <ul><li>EXPLAIN & ILLUSTRATE . Point out positive and negative examples from the media and high profile sporting events as well as during their own practice and game situations. </li></ul><ul><li>APPLY . Use the language of the important character traits continuously. </li></ul>
    12. 12. ENFORCE <ul><li>Positive : praise, awards, responsibility, special privileges, extra playing time. </li></ul><ul><li>Negative: express disappointment or displeasure in relation to character issues (not athletic performance), bench, reprimand, inform parents, deny privileges, suspend, etc. </li></ul>
    13. 13. <ul><li>Don’t be neutral or noncommittal on issues of character and the desirability of good conduct. </li></ul><ul><li>Continuously and zealously advocate the “Six Pillars of Character” as ground rules of all decisions and as standards that all students must meet, regardless of skill. </li></ul>ADVOCATE
    14. 14. <ul><li>We send a message as to what we value most by the choices we make, and by our conduct. </li></ul><ul><li>Teachers, coaches, advisors, and administrators must always be conscious of the message they are sending to assure that it affirms the “Six Pillars of Character.” </li></ul><ul><li>Lead by example, walk the talk. </li></ul>MODEL
    15. 15. <ul><li>Demonstrate and demand scrupulous integrity. </li></ul><ul><li>Observe and enforce the spirit and the letter of rules. </li></ul><ul><li>Do not compromise education and character development goals. </li></ul><ul><li>Stress education and character-building goals in all parent meetings and student conferences. </li></ul>Trustworthiness
    16. 16. <ul><li>Ensure that all students and fellow coaches treat the traditions of the sport and participants with respect. </li></ul><ul><li>Do not tolerate disrespectful conduct including verbal abuse of opponents and officials, profane or belligerent trash talking, taunting, or unseemly celebrations. </li></ul><ul><li>Win and lose with grace and dignity. </li></ul>Respect
    17. 17. <ul><li>Be a positive role model and require the same of your students and fellow coaches. </li></ul><ul><li>Strive to enhance the mental, social and moral development of students and teach them positive life skills. </li></ul><ul><li>Foster maintenance of competence, including basic knowledge of character-building, safety, coaching principles, rules and strategies. </li></ul>Responsibility
    18. 18. <ul><li>Adhere to high standards of fair play. </li></ul><ul><li>Ensure that treatment of students is commensurate to their abilities. </li></ul><ul><li>Never allow anyone involved in the program to take unfair advantage. </li></ul><ul><li>Be open-minded. </li></ul>Fairness
    19. 19. <ul><li>Assure that the academic, emotional, physical and moral well-being of athletes and all who participate in extra-curricular activities, is always placed above desires and pressures to win. </li></ul>Caring
    20. 20. <ul><li>Seek to avoid gamesmanship and promote sportsmanship in honor of the rules and goals of the sport. </li></ul><ul><li>Establish and/or adhere to codes of conduct for all coaches, athletes, parents, spectators, and other groups that impact your program. </li></ul><ul><li>Safeguard the health of athletes and the integrity of the sport by forbidding the use of alcohol, tobacco, drugs and performance enhancing substances. </li></ul>Citizenship
    21. 21. Consequently… <ul><li>Instilling the principles of character development will help to ensure a safer environment on the field, court, and throughout the school setting. </li></ul>
    22. 22. How to Instill the principles of character development at your school <ul><li>Talk about “Commitment to Character” and the operating principles of “Pursuing Victory with Honor” </li></ul><ul><li>Monitor behavior, starting with the use of profanity in class, on the bench and sidelines </li></ul><ul><li>Develop school policies(must be enforced by all) </li></ul><ul><li>Consider zero tolerance </li></ul><ul><li>Do not hesitate to confront students, coaches and athletes </li></ul>
    23. 23. Advertise <ul><li>Equipment Virtues Quotes </li></ul><ul><li>Student Posters Locker Halls Gym </li></ul><ul><li>Professional Posters Office Locker Room Halls Gym </li></ul><ul><li>Professional Posters Office Locker Room Halls Gym </li></ul>
    24. 24. “Discipline yourself and others won’t have to.” John Wooden
    25. 25. “ A leader, particularly a teacher or coach, has a most powerful influence on those he or she leads, perhaps more than anyone outside the family. Therefore, it is the obligation of that leader, teacher or coach, to treat such responsibility as a grave concern. I consider it a sacred trust: helping to mold character, instill productive principles and values, and provide a positive example to those under my supervision.” John Wooden
    26. 26. Character Resources <ul><li>Films </li></ul><ul><li>Music </li></ul><ul><li>Books </li></ul><ul><li>Websites </li></ul><ul><li>Suggested Student Readings </li></ul>
    27. 27. Recommended websites: <ul><li> - a clearinghouse on character education – great links too. </li></ul><ul><li>http://www. livingvalues .net/ - UNESCO sponsors this program – it has 90% decrease of violence a UNESCO sponsored refugee camp </li></ul><ul><li>www. virtuesproject .com - international and eclectic in scope; </li></ul><ul><li>http://www. cortland . edu /www/c4n5rs/ - focuses on Respect and Responsibility </li></ul><ul><li>http://www. positivecoaching .org - 6great for coaches and athletics. </li></ul><ul><li>www. charactercounts .org - basic approach with 6 traits emphasized. Sports program also. </li></ul><ul><li>http://www. jalmarpress .com/index2. ivnu - publishes a good variety of practical and effective character and Self Esteem books </li></ul>
    28. 28. Inspiring Films: <ul><li>Remember the Titans, Chariots of Fire, Breaking Away, Rudy, American Flyer, Hoop Dreams, Hoosiers, Jim Thorpe, Breaking Away, The Patriot, Blue Chip, Rocky </li></ul>
    29. 29. Recommended Books… <ul><li>1. Kavelin-Popov, Linda, (2000) Virtues Project: Educators Guide . Simple Ways to Create a Culture of Character , Torrance, CA, Jalmar Press, </li></ul><ul><li>2. Diane Tillman’s Living Values Series: THREE BOOKS - Activities for Children – Ages 3-7 ; 8-14 ; Young Adults ; The Living Values Educator Guide ; Living Values Parent Groups: A Facilitators Guide . All by Health Communications, Inc. </li></ul>
    30. 30. Recommended Books: <ul><li>Silver Bullets , Cobras and Cowtails , This One and That One Too, Carl Rohnke. </li></ul><ul><li>Borba, Michele, Esteem Builders Series, Torrance, CA, Jalmar Press </li></ul><ul><li>Family Virtues Guide . Kavelin-Popov, Linda, et. Al. </li></ul><ul><li>Learning for Life, Boy Scouts of America POB 152079, Irving, TX 75015-2079 </li></ul><ul><li>The Soul of Education - Student’s Find Connection, Compassion, and Character at School, Rachael Kessler </li></ul>
    31. 31. Character Inclusion Methods… <ul><li>1. Be the example you want to see. </li></ul><ul><li>2. Murals around school/community </li></ul><ul><li>3. “Projects” by individuals, teams, and organizations </li></ul><ul><li>4. Learning sheets </li></ul><ul><li>5. Role playing or dramatizations </li></ul><ul><li>6. Open forums & community discources </li></ul><ul><li>7. Journal writing </li></ul><ul><li>8. Interviews: peers/parents/community </li></ul><ul><li>9. News articles/current events research </li></ul><ul><li>10. Festivals celebrating a character quality with music, booths & activities geared toward theme </li></ul><ul><li>11. Research on short stories and poems </li></ul><ul><li>12. Creative writing assignments </li></ul>
    32. 32. Character Inclusion Methods <ul><li>13. Magazine produced on character quality theme and distributed & sold throughtout the community. </li></ul><ul><li>14. Create or subscribe to an internet webpage devoted to it </li></ul><ul><li>15. Find cartoons/or comics depicting character trait </li></ul><ul><li>16. Locate quotes about character traits </li></ul><ul><li>17. Poster/mural/graffiti wall, collage, advertisement on character trait(s) </li></ul><ul><li>18. Play cooperative games or participate in Project Adventure activities. </li></ul>
    33. 33. Challenge #2 Character Choices <ul><li>Brainstorm the many diverse methods and manners you and the school may instill the chosen character qualities into yourselves and your students. </li></ul>
    34. 34. Persistence Calvin Coolidge, US President. <ul><li>Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. </li></ul><ul><li>Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. </li></ul><ul><li>Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. </li></ul><ul><li>Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. </li></ul><ul><li>Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The Slogan “Press on” has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race. </li></ul>
    36. 36. Teachers Affect All Eternity... <ul><li>You never know where their influence stops. </li></ul><ul><li>— Henry Adams </li></ul>
    37. 37. Contact Information <ul><li>Kurt A. Krueger </li></ul><ul><li>Institute of Sports Psychology </li></ul><ul><ul><li>11923 West Trail, Kagel Canyon CA 91342 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>818-897-9195 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Jim Clemmensen </li></ul><ul><li>Van Nuys Middle School </li></ul><ul><ul><li>5435 Vesper Ave, Sherman Oaks CA 91411 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>818-785-5475, [email_address] </li></ul></ul>
    38. 38. It Takes Time Nobody sees a flower, really - it is so small - we haven't time, and to see takes time, Like to have a friend takes time. Georgia O'Keeffe
    39. 39. Be a Buddy <ul><li>Partner with someone </li></ul><ul><li>Promote positive character practice with each other. </li></ul>