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Character Education:
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You are a character educator. Whether you are a teacher, administrator, guidance counselor, custodian, or school bus driver, you are helping to shape the character of the kids who interact with you. It’s in the way you talk, the behaviors you model, the values you transmit. Yes, for better or for worse, you are already doing character education. This article shows how you can take control of the process and create rich, meaningful character building experiences for your students across the curriculum and throughout a wide variety of different teaching environments.
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Your character is defined by what you do, not what you say or believe.
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Every choice you make helps define the kind of person you are choosing to be.
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Good character requires doing the right thing, even when it is costly or risky.
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You don't have to take the worst behavior of others as a standard of comparison for yourself. You can choose to be better than that.
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What you do matters, and one person can make a big difference.
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The payoff for having good character is that it makes you a better person and it makes the world a better place.


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Not-so-hypothetical situations from the case files of Charis Denison.

Thirty-one real life dilemmas, fully described, including facilitator's notes and challenging discussion questions.

Topics include bullying, cheating, lying, friendships, fairness, loyalty, trust, honesty, sexual harassment, stress, family relationships, drugs & alcohol,and more.

Start by visiting the archive page, where you'll find all 31 dilemmas conveniently synopsized. You can just pick and click.


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you work with kids, and you need to implement character education tomorrow, and you want some immediate help, this is where to start.

But if your character education program is cruising, and you just want some additional ideas and materials, this is also where to start.

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Black male high school studentThese guides are packed with discussion questions, writing assignments, and student activities that you can use to create your own lesson plans. Click on your grade level:

High School

Middle School

Elementary School

White male high school studentIs a form of project based learning in which academic goals are accomplished through community service. Service learning develops citizenship, responsibility, and many other positive character virtues, making it possibly the most powerful character education program you can implement. Here's how you can do it.


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Below is a sampling of what you'll find when you visit our store. Just click on one of these topics and do some exploring. In fact, you may as well check out the whole website while you're there.

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white female high school studentCoaches are among the most influential people in a young athlete's life. Kids learn more from their coaches about character than about athletic performance. Here are some tools to help you seize the character building potential of your sports program.

Asian female high school studentWe become good people by doing good things (at least Aristotle thought so). Here you'll find lots of opportunities for your students to become involved in character building activities.

Asian male high school studentThis section provides an A+ lineup of carefully selected web pages that contain practical, useful material for character educators. There is a lot in these pages that you can use as the basis for class discussions, writing assignments and student activities.

Asian female high school studentAs young people enter the workforce they encounter a variety of ethical problems that require tough decisions. Here are some thorny scenarios for your students to wrestle with.

white male high school studentFacilitation techniques (including Socratic Method) for conducting lively, productive, meaningful discussions with your students.

Black female high school studentLinks to some very helpful places.

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