Name: Norma Avila
Student ages: 3 to 5
Title: Lead Teacher and Licensor for Head Start
1) Tell me about character education in your classroom/school/district.
I am not sure what you mean by character education? Perhaps the values and rules of our school? At Head Start we want to emphasize social emotional health, and promote early educational math, language, and literacy. We are also supporting children to build a community and helping them become responsible group citizens.
2) In your opinion, is character education a new initiative of schools?
Supporting families to aide children with pro social skills is probably gaining …show more content…
I have worked with people in my community and within other local programs that have supported me in my efforts to learn new techniques and healthy ways to support the students in my care. I have learned new skills to use as a parent, teacher, and leader at Head Start. I built a wonderful community for myself about 9 years ago with the Parent Coop play-school through the Peninsula College. This lead me to start my own preschool and change my direction in education to specialize in teaching children with a variety of developmental needs including Kinder …show more content…
One of the reasons I say this is because we are seeing an increasing amount of students bringing hate and a lack of morals into the classroom with them. With the rise in school bullying and drug usage, it makes me wonder whether there is any character development at home at all? I think that one way I can incorporate character development in the social aspect is to help create a community among my students, by allowing an open floor discussion forum between the students. This will allow all students to receive a lesson in listening and the opportunity to discuss any problems they may be facing or concerned with in a safe environment. Upon having open discussions we can allow the kids to speak with respect to each other and talk out their problems and come up with solutions together. An example of how to start this type of program would be to have a designated time in the morning before each lesson, once the kids are settled and quiet I could start the conversation off with the ground rules of the discussion, like no interrupting, no hate talk etc. Once ground rules are covered, there will be a designated "talking stick" that the speaker will have to hold in order to speak, or even have the students raise their hands and wait their turn. We can allow the students to bring up any concerns about school, home, or society that may be worrying them. After the concerns are