Character Education

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 TraitsCharacter Education teaches a child to care for one’s self and to care for others.  It teaches self-respect and mutual respect. Character traits are learned at Greenvale Park by immersing children in a character enriched environment.  It is deeply engrained in our school culture.

By way of example, let’s begin with the character trait of respect.  We begin by defining the concept of respect so that faculty, staff, students, parents, volunteers, and community members all have a common understanding of what it means to be respectful at Greenvale Park.

When we talk about being respectful, 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.  Children are recognized by their teachers at our monthly Building-Wide Meetings who 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 them inspire our children.

Our Climate Committee has developed our current Greenvale Park Character Traits.  They are always a work-in-progress. The traits are determined by what our faculty, staff, and parents feel are the relevant student needs.  We use survey data to determine the needs.  Currently, they are:

  1. Respect
  2. Cooperation
  3. Assertion
  4. Responsibility
  5. Empathy
  6. Perseverance
  7. Honesty
  8. Forgiveness
  9. Self-control

In all, Greenvale Park is intentional about developing a character enriched environment in which faculty, staff, students, parents, volunteers, and community members model and reinforce what it means to care.

 

Greenvale Park Elementary School • 700 Lincoln Parkway • Northfield, MN 55057 • p 507.645.3500 • f 507.645.3505 • gvpinfo@northfieldschools.org