As students grow up in our classrooms, one of the most important duties we have as teachers and citizens is to help our students develop positive character traits to become contributing members of society. They need to know right and wrong, and although teachers do not bear full responsibility for how a student behaves toward others, it is an important role that we play in this process.
Use Literature for Teaching Themes
No matter the grade you teach, great literature can ALWAYS support you in your teaching. We can model so many skills with literature, and as we do that, we model comprehension, thinking skills, listening skills, and how to have positive dialogue with others. Using quality literature to spark conversation leads to deeper thinking. The more kids discuss their reading and concepts, the better. High level questioning can do wonders. If you’d like a go-to author for starters, I highly recommend that you look at Julia Cook’s books. You can visit her website [here].
Write, Write, Write
The complete book is just eight pages, so it won’t take long to construct, but hopefully, it will give your kids time to think about how important their actions are.
I hope these tips and resources help you in your teaching journey, and more importantly, I hope that your students grow reading skills as well as positive friendships, character traits that lead to being citizens in our communities, and classrooms that foster positivity for each and every child.