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Character Education In The Core Curriculum


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A Look at how VPMS integrates Character Education into the Core Curriculum areas.

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Character Education In The Core Curriculum

  1. 1. Character Education in the Core Curriculum
  2. 2. Introductions <ul><li>Dr. Tad Savage Valley Park Middle School Principal </li></ul><ul><li>Erin Steinkamp Social Studies Teacher and SLT Member </li></ul>
  3. 3. Before We Begin <ul><li>Character Education in Secondary School Classrooms….It Can Be Done! </li></ul><ul><li>Information presented will work in your classroom or can be modified to fit the needs of your classroom/school </li></ul>
  4. 4. Quality Standards <ul><li>NSOC - CEP looks for schools that demonstrate the 11 Principles </li></ul><ul><li>Principle 3 & Principle 6 Addressed in this presentation </li></ul>
  5. 5. Principle #3 <ul><li>Effective character education uses a comprehensive, intentional, and proactive approach to character development </li></ul><ul><li>“ To educate a person in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society.” – Theodore Roosevelt </li></ul>
  6. 6. Principle #6 <ul><li>Effective character education includes a meaningful and challenging academic curriculum that respects all learners, develops their character and helps them succeed. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Performance Values <ul><li>Must co-exist with ethical values in order for our students to take their education to the next level </li></ul><ul><li>CEP Position Paper on Performance Values </li></ul><ul><li>Students can be respectful to teachers without having the means of getting anything done! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Life-long goals to make them more productive citizens </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. What is Curriculum Integration? <ul><li>Is it in addition to what I do? </li></ul><ul><li>Do I need to make separate lesson plans? </li></ul><ul><li>How much time will it take away from the subject matter I am required to cover? (state-wide assessments) </li></ul>
  9. 9. Concerns of Real Teachers
  10. 10. Things to Consider With Integration <ul><li>Begin with integrating character into existing lessons </li></ul><ul><li>Provide opportunities for sharing and collaboration between teachers </li></ul><ul><li>Use character related lessons to address state and national standards </li></ul><ul><li>Works best with “real world” situations </li></ul>
  11. 11. What Curriculum Integration REALLY is <ul><li>It is NOT an additional assignment or lesson plan </li></ul><ul><li>It is a new way to look at information with your students </li></ul><ul><li>Focus on performance in the classroom, with the emphasis on “is that the best we can do?…” </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;The best and the deepest moral training is that which one gets by having to enter into proper relations with others,&quot; wrote John Dewey. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Science <ul><li>Scientific Method and Inquiry – discussing honesty in research… </li></ul><ul><li>Look into possible environmental problems in the community and design experiments to try and help… </li></ul><ul><li>Focus on survey results and analysis of information obtained </li></ul><ul><li>Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Lesson Plan </li></ul>
  13. 13. Communication Arts <ul><li>Book Study – character development </li></ul><ul><li>Themes in writing </li></ul><ul><li>Book Trailers </li></ul><ul><li>Journaling – free writing… </li></ul>
  14. 14. Social Studies <ul><li>Muslim rule </li></ul><ul><li>Perspectives on the American Revolution </li></ul><ul><li>Game of “Life” for high school personal finance courses </li></ul>
  15. 15. Physical Education <ul><li>Sportsmanship – it’s a natural fit! </li></ul><ul><li>How to lose with dignity…and then what? (Lessons in perseverance) </li></ul>
  16. 16. Health <ul><li>Play 60/Josh Brown </li></ul><ul><li>VPMS NSOC Hawk Run / Hoops 4 Heart </li></ul><ul><li>Real life choices that effect your health </li></ul>
  17. 17. Math <ul><li>Work with business on projects </li></ul><ul><li>Buddy Program to improve math skills </li></ul><ul><li>Study of interest rates / truth in lending study </li></ul><ul><li>Pick different ways to approach how to learn and assess topic (class meetings) </li></ul>
  18. 18. Class Meetings <ul><li>Can do it in all subject areas and at any grade levels </li></ul><ul><li>Video from CSD </li></ul><ul><li>Examples of uses for class meetings with strategies </li></ul>
  19. 19. Other Ideas to Integrate Character Education… <ul><li>Integrate into the daily routine: set aside time every day for character education </li></ul><ul><li>VPMS did this through advisory </li></ul><ul><li>Book Study – Crossing Jordan </li></ul><ul><li>Hawk Time Schedule </li></ul><ul><li>Link to Seedfolks plan on CEP site </li></ul>
  20. 20. Resources <ul><li>Character Counts! </li></ul><ul><li>Hamilton Township (North Carolina Schools) </li></ul><ul><li>Huddle Up Lesson Plans </li></ul><ul><li>CEP Lessons </li></ul><ul><li>CSD Replication Guide </li></ul><ul><li>VPMS Students and Faculty </li></ul>
  21. 21. Hawk Time <ul><li>Monday: Read 4 Character </li></ul><ul><li>Tuesday: Character Education Lessons </li></ul><ul><li>Wednesday: Service Learning Days (break into communities) </li></ul><ul><li>Thursday: Academic Assistance </li></ul><ul><li>Friday: Team Activities/Character Education </li></ul>