Character Education, Part II, T&L 2900

Students are impressionable. They emulate both positive and negative behaviors that they see; therefore, observing positive role models in action at school, at home, or in the community can impact students' behavior, learning, and academic success. This course encourages educators to create an environment conducive to learning by helping students take personal responsibility for their actions and by creating a positive moral climate for solving conflicts. Educators study not only how to become role models themselves, but how to invite the participation of family and community into the modeling of good character and the creation of a school-wide character education program that leverages involvement from businesses, faith communities, parents, and coaches. Educators explore both their own and their students' roles as leaders as they pursue the "eight habits of the heart": a nurturing attitude, responsibility, dependability, friendship, brotherhood, high expectations, courage, and hope.

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