Many of you know that character education is a key focus at Jacksonville Country Day School. Some of you, however, have probably wondered what the character education program consists of. School Counselor Amanda Sheroff has compiled a list of the main components of the program to share with you.
Faculty and staff modeling good character in and out of the classroom
The Morning Meeting
The SHARK Code: teaching students to be safe, honest, aspiring, respectful/responsible, and kind
Character education programs like the Energy Bus as set by the faculty-led character education committee
Character curriculum integration and lessons developed by teachers and school counselor
Character education assemblies
Service learning activities and projects
Teaching social/emotional skills, such as conflict resolution
Individual relationships, conversations, and teachable moments
Each classroom decides what students wish their classroom to be like. Expectations are then posted in the classroom.
School counselor support and small group meetings
Character virtue board in every classroom
Classroom jobs for every student
Character education literature
“School family” references
Some classes also use:
Role playing and showing examples of good character
Displaying student-created posters in the halls
Journal writings connected to virtues
THINK before speaking: Is it true, helpful, inspiring, necessary, kind?