Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers!
Does your school have posters on classroom or hallway walls that speak to the importance of good conduct and good character?
If your students seem to have blind eyes and ears to making words like COURAGE or RESPECT count for more than large letters on poster boards,
here’s an attention-getting idea for you…
Boost Good Conduct and Good Character by Putting Key Words into Action – Make words like COURAGE and RESPECT seem to “jump off” colorful character education and conduct posters.
Bring posters about these two important subjects to life by pairing words that relate to good conduct and good character with key action words…
verbs…that encourage kids to put good conduct and character development into action.
Teach kids that the phrase, show courage, means more than the word courage standing alone.
Remind students that words only count when you don’t just know how to read, spell, or say them…
you SHOW what they mean…
you PRACTICE what they mean.
Action Words Pack a Punch! – When you initiate a discussion and other activities that pack action into words to boost good conduct and good character, point out that action words pack a punch.
Make a connection with packing a punch to exhibit control, like a Taekwondo instructor teaches students to do.
Ask the class to think about how they can exhibit control over the choices they make about good conduct and character.
Suggest that RESPECT packs more punch when you pair the word with SHOW…Showing respect puts respect into action.
How else can you boost good conduct and good character?
Instruct Students to Write About Good Conduct and Good Character – Distribute cards to the class and ask students to write words that express good conduct and good character traits on the cards.
Make this activity an individual writing assignment or a class project.
As a class project, guide students by writing the letters of a word about good conduct or a character trait down the board.
Call on students to suggest words or phrases that begin with each letter in the character trait.
For example, an acrostic poem for RESPECT might be:
R emember to listen as well as talk
E veryone is entitled to her or his opinion
S how consideration for people who are different
P lease and thank you are respectful words; say them often
E ven when we have a bad day, we still need to show respect
C all someone by his or her name when you speak with him or her
T ake time to think about how you can be respectful in school and at home
When the acrostic poems are complete, engage students in another class activity that reinforces the importance of boosting good conduct and good character…
Review the poems line by line and ask the class to call out the words that show action.
If the poem is on the board, underline the action words as I have done in the acrostic poem about RESPECT above.
Boost Good Conduct and Good Character by Modeling Both -Teachers serve as models to students every day we are with them.
Model behaviors you seek in students with another fun activity.
Stuff a seasonal container such as a plastic pumpkin in early autumn or a cornucopia at Thanksgiving time in October and November (Canada and US, respectively) with sincere, positive comments about your class.
Plan time for students to take turns pulling the comment cards from the cornucopia and reading them aloud.
Teachers are always thankful for students who show good conduct and good character, accept creative challenges and contribute to class activities.
Please send comments about ways you boost good conduct and good character in kids. Thanks!
Remember, you don’t need to be a magician to work magic in any instructional setting!
Talk with you next week,
Barbara ♥ The Lovable Poet