The pageantry and passion of the Olympics this past month got me to thinking about the upcoming school year and sparked this inquiry: How can we prepare our students to be Character Olympians in the classroom? And that question brought about this visual representation of going for the gold, because Character Always Wins.
As darkness descended upon us, we made a last-minute decision on the Fourth to take in the Sounds of Freedom Fireworks Extravaganza. So we threw our chairs into the back of the truck and headed down the road to the celebration. We parked and walked a few blocks to a prime spot on a hill […]
Last January, our erstwhile reporter, Barbara Gruener, reviewed Maria Dismondy’s book, Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun, and we were thrilled to learn that the CHARACTER COUNTS! site has been mentioned in a wonderful new post on Citizenship in Dismondy’s blog. The post features some great ideas on how to celebrate Citizenship this week with a 4th of July flavor, […]
It started with a planning meeting and an inquiry: What if we were to replace the dress-up days and collect a different item to support a local charitable organization each day?
As the tenth anniversary of 9/11 approaches, Barbara Gruener reviews Red, White and Blue by Debbie Clement.
Before she opened Ruth Ann Smalley’s Sheila Says We’re Weird, Barbara Gruener wondered, “Weird in a good way, or weird in a bad way?” Read Barbara’s review here.
Read Barbara Gruener’s review of When a Dragon Moves In, a whimsical summer sizzler about the antics of a dragon who moves into the sandcastle of a lucky little lad.
Because exercise boosts brainpower, students simply have to move to maximize their cognition. This month, Barbara Gruener explores ways you can infuse meaningful movement into your students’ day.
In Bird Child, the beautiful newcomer by Canadian teacher Nan Forler, birdlike Eliza has a wise mom who gifts her as an infant with a lifelong skill: wings to fly. This includes not only the ability stay positive, but also the ability to see solutions to situations and choices for conflicts.
If you’re looking for a gourmet bullying-prevention resource, try Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun: Having the Courage to Be Who You Are, a spicy story about Lucy, a wide-eyed, curly-locked child with a uniquely-flavored zest for life.