With all of the demands and challenges of a mandated curriculum, one may feel there the teaching of character does not fit with all that has to be done. There are five fundamental practices for a teacher regardless of grade level, can use to effectively teach, enforce, advocate, and model desired character traits.

  1. What does the acronym TEAM (T – Teach, E-Enforce, A- Advocate, M – Model) mean to you? How can you apply the TEAM process in your class or assignment?
  2. No matter what your role, you are a character educator. It’s in the way you talk, the values you model, the conduct you tolerate, the actions you encourage, and the expectations you share. React to this statement and how it may apply to you.
  3. How do you:
    • P – Promote awareness of desired values;
    • R – build relationships;
    • I – Intentionally teach character & academics at the same time;
    • D – Practice character-based discipline;
    • E – Effectively communicate and collaborate as a staff.
  4. What are 3 things you can do this week to ‘fit’ CHARACTER COUNTS! Into your class?
  5. If you were asked by a colleague as to what this lesson was about, what would you say were the key points or takeaways for you?


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