Character Education Newsletter

Blain Elementary School - September 2019

Character Education

This school year, Blain Elementary School is implementing a new character education initiative. This initiative places an emphasis on proactive approaches regarding social and emotional learning. In order to achieve this, our school has utilized Character.org's 11 Principles of Effective Character Education. Teachers will be providing direct instruction throughout the year focused on the character traits of Respect, Responsibility, Self-Control, Forgiveness, Compassion, Determination, and Diligence. Instruction during daily class meetings will focus on the principle that good character involves understanding, caring about, and acting upon core values (character traits).

RESPECT

The months of September and October will be focused on the character trait of Respect. Class meetings will focus on this character trait to grow students' understanding of this core value, to learn to care about this core value, and to act in ways that support this core value.

Students will be able to earn a Respect Mustang Ticket when displaying respect in school. Blain will also be hosting a special assembly in September and Day of Service in October to support this character trait.

Class Meetings

Class meetings have been in place for a number of years at Blain. These meetings allow students and teachers to collaborate in cooperative ways to foster a classroom community and an atmosphere of mutual respect. This year, teachers will also be providing explicit instruction on each character trait.