Character Education

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What is Character Education?

Character Education is teaching children about good character traits or core values that help them get along well in society. It is about the core values we all need to cooperate and keep our society running smoothly. Teaching core values is part of the social and emotional component of Gouverneur Elementary School's Mission Statement. It is also one of the Department of Education’s six key goals for children.

"Character education is a learning process that enables students and adults in a school community to understand, care about and act on core ethical values such as Respect, Justice, Civic Virtue, Citizenship and Responsibility for self and others. Upon such core values, we form the attitudes and actions that are the hallmark of the safe, healthy and informed communities that serve as the foundation of our society." ~ US Dept. of Education. Character Education…Our Shared Responsibility

Each month one of the following character education topics will be presented as a lesson to our students in each of the Pre-K – 2nd grade classrooms.

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Character Education Lesson Topics

  • Respect: Treat others with respect and follow the Golden Rule/Be tolerant of differences/Use good manners, not bad language/Be considerate of the feelings of others/Deal peacefully with anger, insults and disagreements
  • Trustworthiness/Honesty: Be honest/Don't deceive, cheat or steal/Be reliable – do what you say you'll do/Have the courage to do the right thing/Build a good reputation/Be loyal – stand by your family, friends and Country
  • Tolerance: Be a good listener/Be respectful of others/Think before you speak your words/Work and play well with others
  • Self Control: Being able to control your body in all situations/Don’t hit, push, kick, or hurt anyone
  • Empathy/Compassion: Be kind/Show that you care/Forgive others/Help people in need/Be grateful
  • Friendship/Caring: Play by the rules/Take turns and share/Be open minded and listen to others/Don't blame others carelessly
  • Safety: Follow all laws and rules/Watch where you step and what you touch/Be careful when you are playing outside or inside the classroom
  • Citizenship: Do your share to make your school and community better/Cooperate/Be a good neighbor/Obey laws and rules/Respect authority/Protect the environment
  • Responsibility: Do what you are suppose to do/Persevere: Keep on trying!/Always do your best/Use self-control/Be self-disciplined/Think before you act – consider the consequences/Be accountable for your choices
  • Fairness: Play by the rules/Take turns and share/Be open-minded and listen to others/Don’t take advantage of others/Don’t blame others carelessly/Fair is not always equal

Our office will inform families of the character education topic for the month.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call the counseling office.