If you are an educator, many character training options exist for you that may be integrated into the classroom. Many superintendents, assistants, principals, school counselors, BD teachers, and those dealing with discipline issues and working with alternative schools have found that, for their students who need character training the most, these options have not met the need. They express a need for something that the kids see as “cool” and that grabs the kids’ hearts as well as their minds.
A number of schools chose to use C2 in conjunction with their existing character education curriculum. Since C2 was designed for at-risk teens, they see it as the perfect compliment for their current program.
Other schools like the fact that, unlike most character curricula, C2 covers the entire spectrum of character. Using C2’s Classroom Format insures that students will be taught all 24 character strengths as determined by Positive Psychology research. C2’s own research added 4 additional strengths that we believe complete this list: Responsibility, Awareness, Respect, and Peace.
The Group Format is the original C2 designed for a small group setting. School counselors, social workers, psychologists, and special ed teachers usually lead these groups. Kids may choose to be in the groups or be asked to take part as a condition of reinstatement to school or class. Of course, character education is always more positive if done voluntarily, but educators have found C2 effective even when mandatory.
School counselors see C2 as a possibility for BD students and those dealing with neglect or abuse. C2 can be used as an Expanded Learning Opportunity [ELO] curriculum, a Drop-Out Prevention and Recovery strategy, or a curriculum for special needs or at-risk students. C2 focuses on student strengths rather than their problems and is interactive as well as interesting. Thus teens seem motivated by their group involvement to change their attitude, behavior, and thinking.
Educators see C2 as a possible after-school activity group. It is divided into 6 virtues with four sessions each. This allows time for service learning opportunities, holidays, and other school activities.
One assistant superintendent reviewed C2 and said she wanted to use C2 for an option during In School Suspension. At her suggestion we developed the Independent Study Format that may be used with little supervision or instruction.
A counselor was responsible for 55 minute-long all-school assemblies. She thought C2 would work perfectly. First, it would give a cogent theme. Second, the movie clips would keep student interest. Third, the journal questions helped them apply the character quality to their life.
These are only a sampling of ideas we have heard to use C2 in a school setting. As you come up with new ideas, please email them to Mark at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will email you back a form for permission to use your idea on this page.
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