The Character Olympics

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.

Kindness to the Rescue

  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 […]

Great Ways to Celebrate The 4th of July Through Citizenship

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, […]

Respect takes wing

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.

A One-of-a-Kind Find

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.