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ERIC Number: EJ1161034
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Nov
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0164-775X
Teaching Character Strengths: Persee the Perseverant Puppy
Baruch-Feldman, Caren
Communique, v46 n3 p16 Nov 2017
Developing character strengths such as kindness and perseverance are just as crucial as academics for today's learners. This article describes how the author and the classroom teacher worked one-on-one with a third grade class to teach such attributes. Approximately once a month the classroom teacher and the author taught lessons on kindness, empathy, problem solving, flexibility, self control, and grit. Each lesson contained a discussion, partner work, and videos to support the ideas. Outside the lessons, the teacher supported the work through literature and by reinforcing the strengths that were taught. When the classroom teacher noticed students being flexible or kind she praised the behavior. Other teachers, noticing the positive results this project was achieving in this classroom, wanted to take part as well. The hope is that by taking this proactive preventive approach there will be less need for some of the traditional work associated with the life of a school psychologist. Another goal the author hopes to achieve is to find time to collect data to support what she knows anecdotally is taking place.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New York
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