GREAT WEB RESOURCES FOR TEACHERS


These web pages contain very useful material to assist your efforts in educating for character. There is a lot in this list that you can use as the basis for class discussions, writing assignments and student activities. We have not attempted to sort them according to the virtues they teach because they all teach many virtues.

 

The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation
www.actsofkindness.org
This website is just packed with great stuff for propagating basic human kindness. Their own description is way too modest, but here it is: "Want to encourage kindness on campus? Access our free Teacher’s Guide, lesson plans, activity ideas, teachers’ experiences, and other materials to help you successfully incorporate kindness into your school." A real gem.

 

The Laws of Life Essay Contest
http://www.lawsoflife.org
This project of the John Templeton Foundation offers young people the chance to reflect on and write about what they stand for. Participants identify the laws of life that mean the most to them, and explain their choices through the experiences they have had, the lessons they have learned, and the people who have served as living examples. A truly great character education activity for any grade level. The website gives detailed instructions and lots of examples. Highly recommended.

 

K-12 Giraffe Heroes Program - a Free Lesson
http://www.giraffe.org/a-free-giraffe-lesson-/
Want to inspire your students to be courageous, caring, and responsible members of the community? Want to help them redefine what it means to be a real hero? Try this free sample lesson from the K-12 Giraffe Heroes Program.

 

Wise Skills Resources - Free Lessons
http://www.wiseskills.com/freeresources/samplepages.html
These free sample lessons serve up a generous variety of interconnected activities and experiences to help your students develop good character. Written by a former teacher.

 

Character Counts! - Free Lesson Plans
http://charactercounts.org/lesson-plans/index.html
These free lesson plans support the Six Pillars of Character® and are created by teachers.

 

Do Something
http://www.dosomething.org/
If you want your kids to be passive and docile, don't let them near this website. It'll fill their little heads with ideas about making the world a better place, and empower them to do something about it.

 

The Ethics Connection at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics
http://www.scu.edu/ethics/practicing/focusareas/education/
Ethical dilemmas for young people written as dialogs. Lots to think about, talk about, write about. Also, they have a very useful framework for ethical decision making, which is at:
http://www.scu.edu/ethics/practicing/decision/
In fact, check out the whole website - it's loaded with goodies.

 

Kids Care Clubs
http://www.kidscare.org
Dedicated to developing compassion and the spirit of charity in children. This organization provides children, families, schools, and religious groups with meaningful opportunities to help others in their local and global communities. You can set up an affiliated club in your elementary school.

 

KeyPals Club
http://www.teaching.com/keypals
A place for young people, teachers and students to locate and correspond with other youth and students around the world.

 

Teaching Tolerance (for teachers)
http://www.tolerance.org/teach/
A national education project dedicated to helping teachers foster equity, respect, and understanding in the classroom and beyond. This website offers excellent classroom activities as well as tremendously useful resources for teachers.

 

Educators for Social Responsibility
http://www.esrnational.org/otc/view_lessons.php
Lots and lots of lessons (some free, some not) covering a range of social issues such as conflict, diversity, anger, peace.

 

Respectful Communication - Civility
http://www.colorado.edu/conflict/peace/treatment/civilcom.htm
http://www.colorado.edu/conflict/civility.htm
These are two excellent pages on a University of Colorado website with instructions on how to deal with difficult, long-lasting, and resolution-resistant conflicts.

 

Conflict Resolution Activities for K-12
http://teachervision.com/lesson-plans/lesson-3038.html
From Educators for Social Responsibility.

 

Active Peer Mediation Programs
http://www.coe.ufl.edu/CRPM/othersites.html
A list of helpful sites for Conflict Resolution/Peer Mediation.

A Student Service Learning Program
http://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/ssl/index.aspx
What would a model service learning program consist of? This amazing site gives the entire set of blueprints for the Student Service Learning program of the Montgomery County (Maryland) Public Schools. An indispensable resource!

 

National Student Campaign Against Hunger And Homelessness
http://www.studentsagainsthunger.org/
NSCAHH works with a coalition of students and community members to end hunger and homelessness through education, service and action. It's the largest student network fighting hunger and homelessness in the country.

 

Moral Dilemmas - Right vs Right
http://ethical-literacy.org/resource-center/
Free resources for developing ethical literacy, including ethical dilemmas and lesson plans.

 

Learning To Give (K-12)
http://learningtogive.org/
Teaching the importance of voluntary action for the common good in a democratic society. Lesson plans, lesson plans, and much much more.

 

Fairness In Journalism
http://www.asne.org/works/jvi/jvibalan.htm

Excellent guidance for your journalism students from the American Society of Newspaper Editors.

 

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