Commit to Character: Inclusiveness

The SCDSB’s 10 values are a key part of our commitment to character education. We refer to our values as our character attributes. Each month our schools recognize and celebrate a different attribute. This month on the blog, we are highlighting ‘inclusiveness’.

Inclusiveness: We include everyone in what we do and value their contributions

Some examples of how we can be inclusive are:

  • listen to and consider everyone’s ideas
  • don’t exclude anyone
  • let others join in when playing games
  • don’t discriminate or judge
  • be open to everyone and consider their feelings
  • include everybody!

Some ways that students in our schools learn about and develop inclusiveness include:

  • create a T-chart with Inclusion and Exclusion as column headings. Work with students to complete the chart by listing some of the consequences of each (i.e. hurt feelings, violence, and friendship)
  • encourage students to interview a classmate, a staff member at school or someone within their family circle. Have them focus their questions around the topic of inclusion

“Practice tolerance and live together as good neighbours.” – The United Nations Charter

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Commit to Character: Honesty

The SCDSB’s 10 values are a key part of our commitment to character education. We refer to our values as our character attributes. Each month our schools recognize and celebrate a different attribute. This month on the blog, we are highlighting ‘honesty’.

Honesty: We behave in a sincere, trustworthy and truthful manner

Some examples of how we can show honesty are:

  • don’t say things about people that aren’t true
  • admit to your actions/mistakes, even if it means getting in trouble
  • explain how a situation really happened, don’t lie (ex. if you break something, be honest and admit it was you)

Some ways that students in our schools learn about and develop honesty include:

  • analyzing product advertisements and their tendency to “stretch the truth” to encourage consumer purchases
  • creating a list of categories of people in the world who are expected to be honest at all times, then discussing the importance of these people living up to this expectation

“Be truthful, gentle and fearless.” – Ghandi

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Commit to Character: Empathy

The SCDSB’s 10 values are a key part of our commitment to character education. We refer to our values as our character attributes. Each month our schools recognize and celebrate a different attribute. This month, we are highlighting ’empathy’.

Empathy: We strive to understand and appreciate the feelings and actions of others

Some examples of how we can show empathy are:

  • listen to what others are saying
  • look someone in the eye when they are communicating with you
  • if someone is feeling down or having a hard time, offer them a hug or other gesture of kindness
  • don’t judge people, gain a deeper understanding of the person and their perspective
  • offer help
  • volunteer

Some ways that students in our schools learn about and develop empathy include:

  • gaining a greater understanding about the importance of recognizing and considering the feelings of others and the impact that our actions can have on these feelings through role-playing
  • using community service hours and additional volunteer time to meet the needs of others who are going through difficult situations and experiences

“How wonderful it is that no one need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” – Anne Frank

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Commit to Character: Courage

The SCDSB’s 10 values are a key part of our commitment to character education. We refer to our values as our character attributes. Each month our schools recognize and celebrate a different attribute. This month on the blog, we are highlighting ‘courage’.

Courage: We do the right thing even when it’s difficult

Some examples of how we can show courage are:

  • trying new things, even if you might fail
  • working to overcome your fears
  • admitting your mistakes and learning from them
  • refusing to give in to negative peer pressure
  • doing the right thing, even if others are not

Some ways that students in our schools can learn about and develop courage include:

  • helping students to connect being courageous with the goal of putting an end to bullying. Use role playing to help them rehearse situations where they need to stand up for what they know to be the right thing to do
  • prompting students to write a narrative about a character who was faced with a difficult decision, one in which a great deal of courage was required

“Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgement that something else is more important than fear.” – Ambrose Redmoon

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Commit to Character: Cooperation

The SCDSB’s 10 values are a key part of our commitment to character education. We refer to our values as our character attributes. Each month our schools recognize and celebrate a different attribute. This month on the blog, we are highlighting ‘cooperation’.

Cooperation: We work together towards shared goals and purposes

Some examples of how we can be cooperative are:

  • listening to others
  • sharing with others
  • taking turns when more than one person wants something
  • compromise when there is a conflict
  • be supportive of other people’s ideas

Some ways that students in our schools learn about and develop cooperation include:

  • using newspaper or magazine articles to find examples of individuals working together towards a common goal
  • after reading a recent book, have students discuss or write about examples of cooperative effort. Are there any places in the book where cooperation might have made a difference?

“Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.” – Henry Ford

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