Six Core Character Traits
Schools that are infusing character education into their curriculum are finding improved academic, achievement, behavior, school culture, peer interaction, and peer involvement.
Developing character-based good citizenship in children and youth is one important goal of our school. Character based behaviors are essential to learning. By focusing on areas like caring, respect and responsibility, together we can reinforce and support academic achievement.
The Six Core Character Traits will focus on:
· Be honest. Don’t deceive, cheat, or steal.
Have integrity. Do what you say you’ll do.
Keep your promises.
Be loyal. Stand by your values.
Follow the Golden Rule.
Be accepting of differences.
Be courteous to others.
Deal peacefully with anger, insults, and disagreements.
Be considerate of others’ feelings.
Do what you are supposed to do. Try your best.
Persevere. Keep on trying.
Think before you act. Consider the consequences.
Be accountable for your words, actions, and attitudes.
Play by the rules.
Take turns and share.
Be open-minded. Listen to others.
Don’t take advantage of others.
Do your share to make your home, school, and community better.
Stay informed. Vote.
Be a good neighbor.
Make choices that protect the safety and rights of others.
Protect the environment.
Here are some things we are doing at Isabelle Jackson that promote our Character Education Program:
- “Caught You Being…” Tickets
- Bulletin Announcements, Golden Lunchbox, Curriculum
- Character Ed Assemblies, VIC Luncheon
“Caught You Being…” Tickets and VIC (Very Important Character) Luncheon
- Tickets given by staff (yard supervisors and teachers) to students for observation of character traits or students exhibiting BE RESPECTFUL, BE RESPONSIBLE, BE SAFE.
- Students bring tickets to the multipurpose room and deposit tickets in raffle container
- Before track change day, students are drawn for a prize
- Weekly announcements are made on Fridays spotlighting students and staff who have exhibited positive character traits
- All students are encouraged to model positive character traits throughout the year
- Classrooms receive points from yard supervisors Friday through Thursday for cleaning their tables, the floors, recycling trays, quiet voices, and working as a team.
- On Friday, the classroom from each grade level that earns the most points receives the Golden Lunchbox award which entitles them to an extra recess on with administration and yard supervisor
- A poster in the multipurpose room keeps track of weekly winners
Character Education Assemblies and Bulletin Board in MP
- One student from each class is recognized for his/her modeling of the highlighted character trait for the month during a special CE assembly on track change day
"Character Counts" Curriculum
- Character Education curriculum is used in classrooms
Trait Posters in Classrooms
- Post-it notes next to the posters that spotlight students in your classroom exhibiting that particular trait
- Classroom posters showing what each trait would “look like” in your classroom