Character Education Flash Cards

Character Education Flash Cards

These cards are designed to provide students with an opportunity to learn some unique character qualities that are essential for lifelong success. There are 16 cards that can be shown to the students. The teacher has the answer key which he/she uses to determine if the student gave the right definition for the quality. The opposite of the quality is also provided so that the student can get an idea of what the quality does and does not mean. These cards are an excellent way of assuring that students have a clear understanding of the qualities that are associated with success and what will contribute to their own maturity and personal growth. Memorizing is a great way for students to begin to ingrain this information into their life. Once they have an understanding what each quality means it will become easier to live out the quality. (Grades 2-4)
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A Unit Plan On Resilience

A Unit Plan On Resilience

This unit will provide the teacher with a great lesson plan and a series of links, podcasts, and activities on how to teach resilience. Resilience is a quality that is needed most as we teach our students how to respond to bullying situations and conflict. It includes sections on character education and provides suggestions on how to encourage your students to maintain control of their thoughts, words, actions, attitudes and motives. (Grades 3-12)
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Brain Bursts

Brain Bursts

I am introducing Brain Bursts. These 30-60 second activities help increase circulation, get the students moving, increase body awareness, and improve focus. They can be done with the students standing at their desks and require very little space. These activities mimic what young children love to do and that’s run. If you look at a child they run from place to place, not walk. They naturally engage their brain by sprinting short periods of time. Games like basketball, tag, baseball, and football are all sports that have the participants sprinting, rarely do you see a 7 or 8 year old doing long distance running. Great for all ages. Excellent for Grades K-8.
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The New Years Resolution Journal For Students

The New Years Resolution Journal For Students

This journal is designed to help students understand their strengths and weaknesses through the use of a simple motivational gift inventory. Once the students understand what motivates them they then can begin to journal about some of the New Years resolutions that he/she would like to make. The student is guided in the journal with prompts that will help them improve as a student, sibling, son, daughter or friend. It also asks some important questions about the qualities of respect and responsibility. A great resource for the new year and is very useful for students in grades 5 and up.
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Society's Morality Can't Keep Up With Technology (Podcast)

Society's Morality Can't Keep Up With Technology (Podcast)

Technology moves so fast that often kids don't have time to think. Often they lack the necessary self control to keep them out of trouble. This podcast provides the listener with the necessary information to help understand why we need to council our students regarding the correct use of facebook, twitter, and text messaging. A must listen for teachers and parents.
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Helping Students Understand What Motivates Them

Helping Students Understand What Motivates Them

Once a students understands what motivates them they are more apt to tackle problems using their strengths rather than their weakness. This activity can be used by teachers or students to help them discover their motivational gift and is a great way to promote a positive school and classroom environment.
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Courageous Conversations

Courageous Conversations

This journal poses 10 questions that helps students see their responsibility in social problem solving. It helps the student see that the problem starts with me and ends with us. A great tool for conflict resolution and mediation.
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Respect and Responsibility Writing Prompts

Respect and Responsibility Writing Prompts

These prompts help students and teachers discover the importance of respect and responsibility. They include strategies and tips to help answer the prompts and are designed to make this a whole school activity. Great for designing lesson plans and improving classroom behavior.
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Anti Bullying Writing Prompts Volume One

Anti Bullying Writing Prompts Volume One

These prompts make students think and reflect on the topic of bullying, its causes, affects, and what they can do to help stop it in their school. It is set up in a journal format with plenty of room for the students to write.
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Captive Thoughts (Journal)

Captive Thoughts (Journal)

Captive Thoughts is a Reflective Journal that gives Christians and non-Christians alike an opportunity to explore God’s Word. It will help the reader and writer gain an understanding of how scripture can be used to help change our perspective on life, and how it can be used to help improve our thoughts, words, and actions. Ten topics are provided with scripture verses to help the reader begin to journal and they are encouraged to search the topics and scriptures at greater length. The hope is the reader will discover the Word of God as a magnificent tool to help improve their quality of life and to develop and strengthen their relationship with Jesus Christ. This digital journal provides links to five podcast that help explain the importance of responsible thoughts, words, actions, attitudes, and motives. They were part of a blog talk radio broadcast that aired in 2013. These podcasts were related to bullying but are relevant and related to the topics of respect and responsibility. This is a great resource for teachers who are working in schools with a religious affiliation.
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Adult Bullying: What It Looks Like (Podcast)

Adult Bullying: What It Looks Like (Podcast)

Schools, offices, corporations or any where people work together you've got them; adult bullies. As an adult do we know what it looks like or better yet what to do about it if it happens to us. This podcast gives some insights on how to manage this problem. This was a radio broadcast.
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