Character Training Fall 2014
Sixteen educators representing both public and private schools in Edmond attended the Elementary School Character training provided by the Character Council of Edmond on September 24, 2014. The Character Council in cooperation with Character First! supplied resources for teachers to bring character training to their students for the coming year.
The teachers expressed their excitement over the curriculum and look forward to presenting the character traits to their students using the fun activities. One of the teachers said, “I love the Magnifying Glass activity [in the Attentiveness resource].” Another teacher, citing an already busy school day, expressed her enthusiasm that the material could be adapted to short bites of time. Others liked that the character training is positive and proactive.
Dave, one of the administrators attending the training and who already has been using character training at his school, encouraged other attendees with the benefits and simplicity of focusing on developing character in his students. He keeps a card with all the character traits listed in his pocket. When he observes a student exhibiting one of the character traits, he pulls out the card and reads the description of the character trait he saw and commends the student. It is positive reinforcement, but the student also sees how important it is developing good character.