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  1. Yes! Teachers Can Develop Character Strengths



    A teacher’s job extends far beyond academics.

    While teachers are hired to develop children’s skills and abilities in academics like reading, writing, history, geography, and math, there is a lot more going on in the classroom than meets the eye.

    Opportunities abound for students to develop hope, fairness, humor, valor, appreciation, and many other character strengths that lead to fulfilling lives. For some teachers, this is a natural extension of the job they do on behalf of children.

    Building character strengths in children is the mutual responsibility of families, schools, and communities. In Part I of this series, we defined character strengths and introduced the VIA Survey of Character. In Part 2, we examined how parents help build character strengths by changing the way they give praise and by helping kids recognize character strengths in others.  This article shows how one teacher is building a classroom environment that places character front and center.

    In his recent article School Made Easy: Character Education is the Key, Dr. Neal Mayerson, Chairman of the VIA Institute, points out that teachers choose the type of culture to create in their classrooms.  Cultures of collaboration, confidence, mutual respect, and engagement help nurture the development of character strengths.

    A Teacher with Character as a Mission

    In a compelling video created by the VIA Institute (Click on Link for Video),  Jay Sharp, fourth grade teacher at Bella Vista Elementary School in Salt Lake City shares how he uses character strengths as the foundation to a core curriculum. By teaching the vocabulary of character strengths, children can explore their meaning and relate their own strengths to the tasks they undertake.

    Jay Sharp has four goals for his students.  He wants them:

    • To be more content and happy with where they are right now.
    • To be open minded about others’ perspectives.
    • To feel what it’s like to overcome a fear and incorporate that feeling into their lives.
    • To have fun – and feel the lightness that learning brings to life.

    With the slogan “Learn it. Do it. Teach it. Know it,” older students mentor younger ones about character strengths.  As they do, learning is internalized for the older students.  They gain confidence and benefit in many other ways.


  2. The Homework Debate

    By Johanna Sorrentino Every school day brings something new, but there is one status quo most parents expect: homework. The old adage that practice makes perfect seems to make sense when it comes to school work. But, while hunkering down after dinner among books and worksheets might seem like a natural... Comment
  3. Tips for Academic Success

    Use these tips and techniques to improve your academic performance and optimize your learning experience. Attend classes regularly Remember that no one makes you attend class, but with UC San Diego’s fast-paced quarter system, you miss valuable information if you skip a class session. Get to know your instructors and TAs... Comment
  4. Time Saving Tips for Teachers

    by K. J. Wagner At times, teaching can be overwhelming. You have stacks of papers to grade, conferences to attend, grades to calculate, emails to respond to, and, if there is any time left—teach. So much to do, and so little time in which to accomplish it. Included herein are teacher-tested...
  5. 7 Habits of Highly Successful Teens

    By Danielle Wood For teens, life is not a playground, it’s a jungle. And, being the parent of a teenager isn’t any walk in the park, either. In his book,The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens, author Sean Covey attempts to provide “a compass to help teens and their parents navigate... Comment
  6. Raising a Sensitive Child

    By Sue Douglass Fliess He cries at the drop of a hat—or a toy, in this case. She crumbles if you raise your voice at her, even slightly. He seems to have a bionic sense of smell. Before you write your child off as a drama queen, consider the fact that... Comment
  7. Why Kids Cheat and How to Stop It

    By Rose Garrett These days, it seems like cheating is everywhere, from the baseball diamond to the classroom. With stories of professional dishonesty and performance-enhancing drugs permeating the adult world, it’s no wonder that studies show academic cheating among children and teens on the rise. But while cheating on a test... Comment
  8. When Teenagers Lie

    By Lisa Medoff All teens lie, and that is because all people lie. We often do it in the service of sparing the feelings of others, but sometimes we lie for selfish reasons, such as making ourselves look good in the eyes of others. Teens are no different. As with many other adolescent behaviors... Comment

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