First Class Character Education Activities Program Ready-to-Use Lessons & Activities for Grades 7-12
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First Class Character Education Activities Program Ready-to-Use Lessons & Activities for Grades 7-12

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This resource gives secondary teachers and counselors 95 ready-to-use lessons with reproducible activity sheets to promote healthy character development in students. The lessons are drawn from First-Class, a successful program initiated by students and teachers at Mundelein (IL) High School and can be used as is or adapted to fit the particular needs in any junior or senior high school. Major topics covered include: the nature of good character student behavior and the related issues of motivation, communication and family involvement anger management, stress reduction, dealing with failure and impulse control social issues such as family roles, violence and the impact of TV prejudice, discrimination, stereotyping and sexual harassment self-understanding and self-acceptance caring about the school, using appropriate language, maintaining personal appearance, and volunteering.show more

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  • Paperback | 432 pages
  • 213.36 x 274.32 x 30.48mm | 1,133.97g
  • John Wiley & Sons Inc
  • Jossey-Bass Inc.,U.S.
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0130425869
  • 9780130425867
  • 2,012,609

About MD Koehler

Michael D. Koehler, Ph.D., was a teacher, counselor, and coach at Deerfield (IL) High School for 31 years and an adjunct professor of educational administration for 23 years. He has authored more than a dozen practical resources for educators with Prentice Hall and written and narrated a videotape for the College Board.Karen E. Royer, M.A., is a former teacher at Mundelein (IL) High School, where she taught all levels of French, spearheaded the writing of one of the first "immersion" curricula in the state, and was one of the faculty who worked with students to initiate the First--Class character education program.show more

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This practical resource gives secondary teachers and counselors 95 ready-to-use lessons with reproducible activity sheets to promote healthy character development in secondary students. The activities are drawn from First-Class, one of the most successful character education programs in the country, and can be used as is or adapted to fit the needs in any junior or senior high school. The lessons first focus on defining the nature and aspects of good character and cover a wide range of topics, from behavior in the auditorium and corridors to attitudes regarding a variety of personal and social issues such as managing anger and stress, and family roles, violence, and the impact of television. For easy use, materials are organized into eight sections and printed in a big 8 1/4" x 11" lay-flat binding for photocopying of the activity pages as many times as needed. Here's just an overview of the lessons/activities in each section: 1. IN THE BEGINNING: Assessing Student Needs ... Identifying the Essentials: Start With Yourself ... Good Character: What Is It? ... The Facets of Good Character 2. STUDENT BEHAVIOR & CHARACTER: First Impressions ... Adult/Student Relationships ... To Be or Not to Be ... It's Cool to Be First-Class ... Guidelines for Appropriate Public Behavior ... Student Evaluation of the Rules ... Student Feedback 3. INTEGRATING SOCIAL PRINCIPLES: Let's Talk Social Principles ... Principles to Build On ... When You Look at My Principles ... To Know or Not to Know (cheating) ... We're in This Together: A Look at Love and Marriage ... Name Your Poison! (drugs) 4. DEALING WITH EMOTIONAL ISSUES: Attitude: It's Your Call ... Stepping Up (facing adversity) ... Failure Is My Friend ... Rejecting Rejection ... Stress ... Handling Anger ... Take Your Pick (right and wrong) ... Handling Anger ... Leadership 5. DEALING WITH SOCIAL ISSUES: Family Roles ... Get It Right (rules of etiquette) ... Gossip ... Peer Pressure ... Positive Interdependence ... Competition vs. Cooperation ... Handling Bullying ...Violence ... Hate ... Let's Take a Closer Look at Television 6. UNDERSTANDING & CELEBRATING DIFFERENCES IN MYSELF: Taking a Closer Look at Me ... Finding the Real Me ... Self-Acceptance ... Self-Criticism ... A Bump on the Way (failure) ... Building a Better Me ... To Get Friends, Be One 7. BEHAVING IN A FIRST-CLASS WAY: The First-Class Pledge ... Bring the Outside In ... Volunteering ... A Teenager's Declaration of Independence ... School Washrooms ... Word Choice ... Considerate Communication ... First Impressions (Appearance) You'll also find a special Epilogue with activities for teachers, whose involvement is critical to the success of the program. These promote ownership, teacher evaluation, and processes for promoting change. In short, First-Class Character Education Activities Program places in you hands a unique store of ready-to-use lessons and activities to help students in grades 7-12 develop character. All have been tested and are equally appropriate for use in homerooms or regular classrooms with students of varying ability.show more

Table of contents

About This Resource. Introduction. SECTION 1: IN THE BEGINNING. 1--1 Assessing Student Needs. 1--2 Identifying the Essentials. 1--3 Good Character. 1--4 Good Character: What Is It?. 1--5 Good Character: The Next Step. 1--6 The Facets of Good Character. 1--7 The Test. 1--8 Take Your Pick. SECTION 2: STUDENT BEHAVIOR AND CHARACTER. 2--1 First Impressions. 2--2 Adult/Student Relationships. 2--3 Adult/Student Relationships: Action Plan. 2--4 Adult/Student Relationships: Action Plan Evaluation. 2--5 To Be or Not to Be. 2--6 It's Cool to Be First Class. 2--7 Guidelines for Appropriate Public Behavior. 2--8 Student Evaluation of the Rules. 2--9 Feedback. SECTION 3: INTEGRATING SICIAL PRINCIPLES. 3--1 Let's Talk Social Principles. 3--2 Hometalk. 3--3 Principles to Build On. 3--4 Build a Foundation. 3--5 When You Look at My Principles. 3--6 To Know or Not to Know. 3--7 We're in This Together: A Look at Love and Marriage. 3--8 Love and Marriage. 3--9 Playing Nice. 3--10 Think Tank. 3--11 Name Your Poison! SECTION 4: DEALING WITH EMOTIONAL ISSUES. 4--1 Attitude. 4--2 Attitude Follow--Up. 4--3 Stepping Up. 4--4 It's Your Call: If I Weren't Afraid!. 4--5 Failure is My Friend. 4--6 Rejecting Rejection. 4--7 Stress. 4--8 Handling Anger. 4--9 Taking Your Pick. 4--10 Leadership. SECTION 5: DEALING WITH SOCIAL ISSUES. 5--1 Family Roles. 5--2 Get It Right. 5--3 Gossip. 5--4 Peer Pressure. 5--5 Positive Interdependence. 5--6 Competition vs. Cooperation. 5--7 Handling Bullying. 5--8 Violence. 5--9 "Gift" Giving. 5--10 Hate. 5--11 Let's Take a Closer Look at Television. SECTION 6: UNDERSTANDING AND CELEBRATING DIFFERENCES IN OTHERS. 6--1 Search. 6--2 Silly Similes. 6--3 Daffy--nitions. 6--4 Make a Motto. 6--5 Looking Closely at Stereotypes. 6--6 Stereotyping, So What?. 6--7 Combating Stereotyping. 6--8 Who Are You?. 6--9 Stereotyping and Discrimination. 6--10 You Be The Judge. 6--11 Up Close and Personal. 6--12 Racial Stereotypes. 6--13 Not Just About Race. 6--14 Young vs. Old. 6--15 It's Your Call. 6--16 Take Your Pick. 6--17 Prejudice and Discrimination. 6--18 What Do You Think?. 6--19 Being Physically Disabled. 6--20 Sexual Harassment. 6--21 More About Sexual Harassment. 6--22 What Will You Do?. 6--23 Jubilee, a Celebration of Diversity. 6--24 A Challenge to the School Community. 6--25 General Activities and Thought Questions.show more

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