Even elementary school children can build positive character traits like caring, citizenship, cooperation, courage, fairness, honesty, respect, and responsibility. The true stories, inspiring quotations, thought-provoking dilemmas, and activities in this book help kids grow into capable, moral teens and adults. Previously titled Being Your Best, this award-winning book has a fresh new cover and updated resources.
Some kids stand out. Other people look up to them and want to be like them. Their parents and teachers are proud of them. They make friends easily, and they seem to know the right things to say and do. Would you like to be that kind of person? Maybe you already are, and you're searching for more ways to be the best person you can be. This book can help you discover your own good qualities and make them stronger. These qualities are called positive character traits. When you're a person of good character, people respect you more. And you respect yourself.
Young people need guidance from caring adults to build strong, positive character traits—but they can also build their own. This book by the best-selling author of The Kid’s Guide to Social Action invites children and teens to explore and practice honesty, kindness, empathy, integrity, tolerance, patience, respect, and more. Quotations and background information set the stage. Dilemmas challenge readers to think about, discuss, and debate positive traits. Activities invite them to explore what they stand for at school, at home, and in their communities. True stories profile real kids who exemplify positive traits; resources point the way toward character-building books, organizations, programs, and Web sites.
Character Building Day by Day
Author: Anne D. Mather, Louise B. Weldon
Publisher: Free Spirit Publishing
In elementary schools across the country, teachers are expected to provide at least five minutes of character education each day. This book makes it easy to meet that requirement in a meaningful way. It includes 180 character vignettes—five for each of the 36 weeks in the school year—grouped by trait. Each features kids in real-life situations making decisions that reflect their character. Each is short enough to be read aloud; all can be used as starting points for discussion, to support an existing character education program, or as the basis for an independent program. An excellent tool for the classroom or the character-conscious home.
This flexible resource combines character education with analogies to powerful stories from nature. The heart of each of the book’s 25 lessons is an engaging story, written to kids, describing a particular animal or plant and its distinctive qualities. Busy classroom teachers will like this book’s accessibility and flexibility. Kids can read a story individually or in groups, or follow along as the teacher reads it aloud. Accompanying each story, teachers will find several activities—most of them quick, easy, and requiring few supplies—that further investigate animals or plants and the connections between their qualities and human behaviors. Every lesson examines several main character traits, providing starting points and sample questions for discussing and exploring analogies between events in nature and human acts of character. Features include a chart cross-referencing lessons to specific character traits and a list of further resources. Digital content contains more than 75 reproducible forms, a complete bonus lesson, and a color photograph of each animal and plant.
All young people need a safe, supportive place to ?just talk? with caring peers and an attentive adult. Talk with Teens About What Matters to Them has been tested with thousands of teens in many kids of schools (plus community centers, churches and workshops). Its guided discussions are proven ways to reach out to young people and address their social and emotional needs. Teens gain self-awareness and self-esteem, practice problem solving and goal-setting, feel more in control of their lives and learn that they have much in common with one another. Introductory and background materials help all group leaders, including those with minimal experience, feel prepared and secure in their role. Sessions can be easily customized to best meet the needs of your group. Includes a CD-ROM with all the reproducible handouts from the book.
What Do You Really Want?
Author: Beverly K. Bachel
Publisher: Free Spirit Publishing
Setting and sticking to goals can ease stress and anxiety, boost concentration, and make life more satisfying. This updated and revised edition of a trusted step-by-step guide helps teens articulate their goals and put them in writing, set priorities and deadlines, overcome obstacles, build a support system, use positive self-talk, celebrate successes, and more. Updated with new and inspiring stories from teens pursuing their goals, easy-to-use tips for setting and reaching goals, and information on using technology tools to aid in goal setting, the book also includes downloadable forms to use in goal-setting activities.
Text, anecdotes, and activities direct the reader to explore and practice honesty, kindness, empathy, integrity, tolerance, and more.
Top 20 Teens
Author: Paul Bernabei
Publisher: Morgan James Publishing
WARNING: Application of the principles discussed in this book could result in you making a positive difference in your life and the lives of others! All teens have the potential to become difference makers, to create meaningful and successful experiences for themselves and others However, not all teens know they have this power. That's where this book comes in. Developed by a team of students, parents and educators, Top 20 Teens presents the Thinking, Learning and Communicating skills of the Top 20, the difference makers. By applying these skills in your personal relationships and school experiences, you can become the author of your life's story rather than just a character in it.
Author: Mariam MacGregor
Publisher: Free Spirit Publishing
Written and experiential activities help teens discover their own leadership potential and develop skills that guide them to act responsibly and make a difference in the world around them. Teens gain a greater understanding of who they are, what matters to them, how that translates into leadership, and how leadership relates to everyday life. Written activities encourage reflection; "do something" activities call for commitment and action. Both enable teens to reach new levels of leadership. Created for use with Building Everyday Leadership in All Teens, this consumable guide also functions as a stand-alone resource for personal growth.
Packed with questionnaires, thoughtful activities, fascinating information, and psychological wisdom, DK's Do You Know Who You Are? is an enjoyable and insightful journey of self-discovery. Learn all about your skills, dreams, desires, fears, likes and dislikes, personality, and more with this new quiz book for young adults who want to discover more about themselves. Questions such as "What do my dreams mean?" "Am I saver or a spender?" and "What's my style decade?" are expertly answered in a format that offers endless fun for teenage girls with an interest in self-analysis and psychology.
Here’s a book for every teen who wants to get involved in service and social change. Featuring profiles of real “Difference Makers” and practical tools readers can use to support causes they are passionate about, The Teen Guide to Global Action provides everything youth need to make a difference at the local, national, or global level. From suggestions for reducing hunger and poverty and protecting human rights to environmental projects and efforts to promote peace, this book provides know-how teens can use to make the world a better place. There’s also a healthy dose of inspiration. Whether it’s reading about Zach Hunter, who started an organization devoted to ending modern-day slavery, or Janine Licare, who is helping protect Costa Rican rain forests, teens reading these and dozens of other stories will realize they don’t have to wait to become an adult to change the world. Upbeat, practical, and highly motivating, The Teen Guide to Global Action is a go-to source teens can use to put their volunteer spirit into practice and make an impact in their world.
Have you ever had to deal with challenging students? The kind of students who repeatedly skip class, rarely hand in work, and always have plenty of attitude when you attempt to correct their behaviour. Do you at times feel like pulling your hair out and simply giving up? Well don't throw in the towel just yet. Teaching the Unteachable Student will provide you with strategies to help you overcome challenging behaviours in the classroom. This book goes beyond traditional classroom management techniques; it is a book dedicated to reshaping your students' character. Ultimately, for students to be successful, they must develop Six Key Elements of Character' that include: Respect, Responsibility, Perseverance, Caring, Citizenship, and Trustworthiness. As you use the strategies in this book to inspire these core traits in your students, you will find: a renewed passion and confidence in your teaching; an ability to connect with your students and build genuine relationships; a significant improvement in your students' academic progress and overall character. Get ready to do the unthinkable by Teaching the Unteachable.