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To what extent do you view yourself as an educator of CHARACTER in the secondary classroom? How far do our responsibilities to teach civic responsibility, leadership, citizenship, respect, etc. extend into our classrooms where we are also expected to teach our curriculum?

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I'd like to think that every so often I have a chance to teach my students about character, but hopefully I am providing opportunities for them to learn about it.  We often try to read things that raise questions about how we look at the world and what we think is right and wrong and give them a chance to discuss it as well.

I also hope that by example I can provide good modeling for them as far as trying to be a good person, but I would guess that everyone feels that way.

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By the time students get to middle and high school, their personalities are pretty much set.  They are not entirely...

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Being an educator of character has everything to do with teaching in the secondary classroom.  In an ideal world, students come to us well on their way to becoming the bourgeoning stand-up adults they would become.  The reality of the situation is that the majority of today's students seem to have a very limited perception as to the applicability or the importance of character.  By the time students reach the secondary classroom, if they have not learned this it is doubly difficult to address or correct this.

I do self discovery projects in my classroom that help students identify who they are and explore what and who they want to be. One example is the Illustrated Dictionary where students must find a word for every letter of the alphabet to describe them or their personal interests.  They must create a package for their dictionary as well as provide definitions, paragraphs that relate the words to them, and provide graphic depictions.  Some use photos, some draw or use magazines, others use graphic design.  All these activities serve the students in many levels and they get them thinking about themselves in ways they have never thought of before.

I also do a multi-genre project where students pick a topic and explore it in different ways -- various writing styles, numerous graphic representations, heart maps, neighborhood maps, wanted posters. Topics relate to the works we are reading.  The choices and the finished product help to build character.

 

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