Caring – Character Counts

Class Caring Display

Class Caring Display

Today the class (Language Arts/Writing periods 1 & 4) participated in a lesson based on the character of Caring. The lesson will start with an introduction as to what Caring exactly is. I will share information from a document I obtained from the Character Counts website [here] with the students – only using the 1st page of the document. We will then watch a montage of commercials via I will then open it up for a brief discussion on what the students feel Caring is to them and how it applies to their daily routine. We will continue the lesson on Caring with an arts and crafts activity in which the students will design 8 by 11 inch posters about what Caring means to them in collaborative groups. We will then conclude the lesson by having each group select a speaker to present the groups poster to the rest of the class. The posters will be displayed in the classroom as well as near the library. If time permits, I would like to do a quick view & respond to Michael Jackson’s – Man in the Mirror. I would like to provide a visual to reinforce that Caring as well as change comes from within. I think this video will be a good discussion starter. That being said, I’m not sure if they are old enough to connect with some of the images used in video…

**Each month our school participates in a in a program called Character Counts. There are six pillars, and they are as follows: Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring, and Citizenship. Here is a snippet from the Character Counts website for those unfamiliar as to what Character Counts exactly is, “The CHARACTER COUNTS! approach to character education doesn’t exclude anyone. That’s why we base our programs and materials on six ethical values that everyone can agree on — values that are not political, religious, or culturally biased. Use the points below to help young people understand the Six Pillars, and use the mnemonic devices at right to help them remember.”

~ Mr. Sye

4 thoughts on “Caring – Character Counts

  1. I love this lesson you planned – such an important topic. I also love that you’re using an MJ video to illustrate the point!

    We made tag clouds in my classes this year during our unit on bullying – everyone submitted one positive word about each student, and we used to create the “clouds”. It was a cool way to boost everyone’s spirits… and to tie in technology at the same time! 😀

    • Thanks for your feedback. I was disappointed we didn’t have enough time to get to that video with those powerful images… That tag cloud activity is a pretty good idea. I will have to look into that.

  2. Love your post, Language Arts Teacher. All the classes in my school, here at the tip of Africa, have regular care circles where the children can share how they are feeling and discuss relevant issues. Thanks for the link the The Character Counts website.

  3. Pingback: Character Educator Blog | From the Director’s Chair: The Top Three Myths About Character Education

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