Teaching Virtues: Building Character Across the Curriculum

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Scarecrow Education, Jan 1, 2001 - Education - 173 pages
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This book about teaching virtues is based on a fundamental American Indian view that sees the universe as intimate relationships of living things that are vitally affected by attributes called universal virtues. These virtues cross all boundaries and cannot be "taught" in isolation. They are woven into all subjects that are worth learning. Part 1 provides psychological perspectives that underpin the book's approach. Part 2 shows how various pedagogical strategies can turn subject matter into significant relationships. Since teaching virtues is ultimately about relationships, a natural way to embed awareness of virtues unfolds when there is a consistent commitment to teaching virtues daily. Chapters introduce the lesson plan format and the conceptual model, explore the meanings of vital terminology, and discuss assessment strategies. Part 3 realizes the actual interconnections between virtues and content knowledge, with chapters that address social studies, language arts, science, physical education, mathematics, and the arts. These chapters show how the process works to truly integrate content and character education. Part 4 offers an opportunity for profound reflection on the issues and challenges surrounding effective character education. (Contains 75 references.) (TD)

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Parti The Strength of the North 1
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Blueprints for Success
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Words and Meanings
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Don Trent Jacobs is Head of the Education Department at Oglala Lakota College, and is the author of ten other books. He holds doctorates in health psychology and curriculum and instruction. Jessica Jacobs-Spencer is an eighth grade mathematics teacher in Arcata, California. She holds a Masters degree in Mathematics Education.

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