Teaching Character and Creating Positive Classrooms

Teaching Character and Creating Positive Classrooms


Hi, I’m Dave Levin. One of the joys of my job is getting to talk
to parents about their hopes and dreams for when their kids grow older. Invariably you hear things like, I want my
child to be successful, I want my child to be happy and kind and curious and to work
hard and to love learning and to be nice to others and then you ask teachers, so what
are you guys teaching and you’ll hear things like reading, writing, math, science and history. This should not be an either or. It should not be about whether I’m teaching
rigorous academics or I’m teaching character strengths like grit and self control and zest
and social intelligence and gratitude. There is a way to combine academic rigor and
character development. This week we’ll be writing letters that express
our love, respect, admiration for someone that you already thought about in our write
away. This course is an online version of professional
development sessions I’ve been leading for the last 7 years. Combining lessons I’ve learned from some of
the top psychologists, sociologists and neuroscientists in the country with the work I’ve had the
honor of doing with some of our country’s best K12 teachers. When I say “I” you say “am”. Am I Am You will explore the most recent research
in psychology, sociology and neuroscience and how K12 educators are applying that research
in their classrooms in both public and private school settings. In the end our goal is to make sure that the
idea of academic rigor and character development are woven into the very DNA of our classroom. We want to encourage you to shoot really high
so that when you’re working as a fifth grader or as a sixth grader or a seventh grader you
are imagining yourself as the president of the United States. If you are a teacher, a coach or a parent
interested in how these ideas might apply at home or how you could help your child at
school explore them, this course is for you. Our goal is that you will leave it been able
to weave the development of character strengths into all aspects of your practice as a teacher,
as a coach and as a parent. In addition, I think we’re going to have a
ton of fun along the way as well. I hope you’ll join us and register.

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