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The public sphere is hopping about the need to teach students traits such as optimism, zest, curiosity, self-control and “grit.” While many teachers teach these lessons informally, some policymakers believe they should be taught more deliberately and the University of Pennsylvania has developed a 12-question “grit test” that is remarkably predictive of future success.

Share your ideas here about the importance of teaching character. At the end of our collaboration, a small group of you will present your findings directly to NJ Education Commissioner Chris Cerf.

VIVA Teachers is a product of New Voice Strategies, a nonprofit whose goal is to raise the level of teachers' voices in education policy. This conversation is open only to New Jersey teachers, content area specialists, guidance counselors and other classroom professionals who have direct contact with students. Join us and leverage your expertise, ideas and professionalism to effect change.
 

Our Question

What should schools do to ensure all students develop both the academic and non-academic skills they need to succeed? What is the proper role for a teacher? How have you attempted to teach or build “character” with your students? How do you know if you’re succeeding?
A Social Education
Bernard C., 5th Grade
As an American teacher of 20 years it is my humble opinion that those attempting to ...
Comments (0) | 18th Dec 2012
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A 3-front approach to "grit"
Stephen C., 12th Grade
I'm responding to a question that was sent by email: “How can schools and ...
Comments (1) | 13th Dec 2012
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NJ VIVA Project
Jodi C., 8th Grade
  1. In an ever-more competitive world, the bar for what we expect ...
Comments (0) | 9th Dec 2012
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The Whole Child
Staci M., Pre-K

Comments (2) | 3rd Dec 2012
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Bucket Filling
Janine R., Elementary
I teach in an urban public school in southern NJ.  Our student poplation is highly ...
Comments (1) | 26th Oct 2012
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Picking up students who fall through ...
Tina Nolan (Moderator)
Did you all see that article in the LA Times, called "New college program ...
Comments (1) | 26th Oct 2012
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Core Values, Awards, Shout Outs, and ...
S. Charles D., 8th Grade
Our school was founded with 5 core values that make up our name: PRIDE Academy Charter ...
Comments (7) | 17th Sep 2012
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Positive Talk
S. Charles D., 8th Grade
 Probably one of the most effective character development approaches that our school ...
Comments (7) | 17th Sep 2012
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Character Ed- Toni Tagliareni, ...
Toni T., Other
 Hello, My name is Toni Tagliareni, and I currently work at University Heights ...
Comments (4) | 18th Sep 2012
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Character report card
Geoffrey R., Special Content Area
this is actually not my idea, but it's one i really like and plan on implementing. KIPP ...
Comments (3) | 14th Sep 2012
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"Grit" factor
Jay W., Other
So... I just watched the show on teaching character education and the "grit" ...
Comments (2) | 28th Sep 2012
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The Whole Child
Staci M., Pre-K

Comments (2) | 3rd Dec 2012
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Moderator
Okay, VIVA, teachers, take a look at S. Charles' idea about how his school assess core values and uses scholar charts to measure character over time. I also point you to Geoffrey's posting, "Character Report Cards" for his discussion about how his school has created rubrics for measuring character.

My question to you all is this: What are the core values of your school and how are students measured by these values each and every day? Be specific, if you can.
 
Core Values, Awards, Shout ...
S. Charles D., 8th Grade
Our school was founded with 5 core values that make up our name: PRIDE Academy Charter ...
Comments (7) | 17th Sep 2012
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