Character Education in Our Schools

ED 501 Course Syllabus and Assignments

Course Readings

Educating for Character: How our Schools can Teach, Respect and Responsibility by Thomas Lickona. 1992 New York: Bantam Books 395 pages.

Course Description

This course will present the obvious case for teaching values and character in schools and review general values and character education programs. Teachers are reminded of their responsibility as a role model, mentor and moral disciplinarian. Educators are encouraged to teach VC throughout the curriculum in their particular subject area. Strategies for teaching controversial issues regarding values and character in schools as well as social applications are presented. Educators will develop writings, lessons and activities that can be utilized in classroom and school environments.

Course Objectives

1. Educators will review the case for teaching values and character (VC) in schools as well as the why? and what concepts should be taught. 

2. Teachers will review what values and good character are and strategies on how to teach respect and responsibility as a roll model, caregiver and mentor. 

3. Educators will be presented with strategies to present Moral Discipline in a democratic classroom community and school environment. 

4. Students will learn to be able to teach values through the curriculum in a cooperative learning structure as well as how to teach controversial issues in schools. 

5. Teachers will develop writings, lessons or activities for implementing values and character education concepts for classroom and school implementation.

Contact Hours: 

Independent study courses require 45 contact hours of time for 3 credits.

Character Education in Our Schools

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3 Credits

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Course Syllabus and Assignment Rubrics

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The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards seeks to identify and recognize teachers who effectively enhance student learning and demonstrate the high level of knowledge, skills, abilities and commitments. This course aligns with #1, #2, #3 #4 and #5 of those standards.

Chapter Review/Reflections:

Write several paragraphs summarizing the main ideas, knowledge or information you thought was significant from each chapter in the book. Extended bullet points of main issues are also acceptable. See rubric for guidelines.

Chapters:

1. Part 1 The Case Educating for Values & Character
2. Schools Need Help From Home
3. What Values Should Schools Teach
4. What is Good Character?
5. Part 2 Strategies: Teaching Respect & Responsibility
6. Moral Classroom Community
7. Moral Discipline
8. Creating a Democratic Classroom Environment: Class Meetings
9. Teaching Values Through the Curriculum
10. Cooperative Learning
11.The Conscience of Craft
12. Encouraging Moral reflection
13. Raising the Level of Moral Discussion
14. Teaching Controversial Issues
15. Part 3 School wide Strategies for Teaching Respect and Responsibility

Writing Assignments

After the chapter reviews, research or DVD Review, lesson or activity, write a two-page final application essay linking key concepts from the book, Educating for Character: How Schools can Teach Respect and Responsibility your specific classroom context. Compose your writings on areas of interest that are relevant to your teaching discipline or professional experience. This will enhance your capacity to apply the new concepts learned in this course. Focus your writings and activities on the concepts and strategies from the book and related assignments on how you can apply them to your school environment, teaching methodology and instructional practice.

Required Assignments

1. Book chapter readings
2. Chapter reviews and reflections.
3. Research review
4. Project or activity
5. Final Application essay (APA or MA writing style format)

Email Assignments to: teacherslearningcenter@gmail.com in 1 or 2 Words docs.
Instructor: Joseph C'de Baca 727-258-7233

Character Education in Our Schools

$395

3 Credits

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