NPDL Character

New Pedagogies

"People of character do the right thing even if no one else does, not because they think it will change the world but because they refuse to be changed by the world." Michael Josephson

Video: True Grit

Across American schools, teaching “grit” is a movement taking hold. This NBC news video focuses on how character skills are being taught in schools across the country. It interviews the co-founder of one of the KIPP (Knowledge is Power Program) schools and the Headmaster of a prestigious private school in New York.

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Watch this video on teaching character skills in schools.

Consider the following:

  • What's your opinion?
  • Can character be taught?
  • Do you think it can raise academic performance?
  • Review your curriculum plans. Are you addressing grit or character?
  • Are there opportunities to extend on what you are currently teaching to extend student awareness of their character and build character skills?
  • What new ideas can you glean from this video on building character with students from your classes?

Read: Is Character Caught or Taught?

Access the blog at The Guardian: Is Character Caught or Taught?.

Read the blog on the importance of values education.

Consider the following:

  • What is your opinion of character education?
  • How important do you think it is?
  • Do you think we are adequately addressing it?

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