Nothing is more important than being perceived as truly caring. To build effective relationships our actions have to resonate with others on an emotional level and they must ring true. People brilliantly calculate sincerity. ~ Jim Earley, Trailblazer Coaching
Character education teaches a child to care for one’s self and to care for others. We begin by defining the concept of respect so that staff, students, parents and volunteers all have a common understanding of what it means to be respectful at Greenvale Park.
We identify multiple opportunities in the social context of our school in which children can demonstrate respect. Teachers use the language of the definition of respect in conversation during their morning meetings and throughout the day. Faculty and children alike identify respectful behavior when it occurs during the day.
A caught you is an example of how we recognize and reinforce a character trait. Students are recognized by their teachers at our monthly building-wide meetings when they have demonstrated respect at high levels. Morning announcements provide thoughtful and provocative insights about respect as manifested in the real world so that others who have gone before can inspire us.
Our climate committee has developed a list of character traits, determined by what our staff and parents feel are the relevant student needs. We use survey data to determine the needs. Currently, they are: