Character Counts Classroom Expectations
BE TERRIFIC • Trustworthiness • Respect • Responsible • Fairness • Caring • Citizenship
Trustworthiness • Promise-Keeping • Honesty • Integrity • Loyalty What does trustworthiness mean to you? Can you think of a time a friends was not trustworthy? How did you feel?
Trust is essential to meaningful relationships, enduring and rewarding friendships, and successful associations in school, extracurricular activities, and theworkplace.
Reliability and Promise-Keeping • Keep your word. • Honor your commitments. • Be dependable — do what you’re supposed to do, return what you borrow, pay your debts. • Show up where and when you’re supposed to. • Be prepared — do your homework and bring what you need to do your work.
Respect • Treating people with respect means letting them know that: • Their safety and happiness matter • They’re important and worthy simply because they’re fellow human beings. What does respect mean to you? What does respecting school property look like?
Respect • The ethical duty is to treat everyone with respect — not to respect everyone in the sense that we hold all people in high esteem or admire them. Do you have to like everyone to be able to treat them with respect?
Seven Rules of Respect • Honor the individual worth and dignity of others. • Show courtesy and civility. • Honor reasonable social standards and customs. • Live by the Golden Rule. • Accept differences and judge on character and ability. • Respect the autonomy of others. • Avoid actual or threatened violence.
Rule of Universality • Do only those acts that you’re willing to allow to become universal standards of behavior applicable to all people in similar situations. • Ask yourself:If everyone did it, would it be a good thing?
Responsibility • Life is full of choices . . . • Responsibility is an important aspect of good character: the moral obligation to choose attitudes, words, and actions and the duty to accept personal responsibility for the consequences of those actions.
Responsibility • Responsibility requires that you recognize what you do — and don’t do — matters. How can what you don’t do matter?
Responsibility and Character Development • You can’t choose to be good looking, smart, or athletic. You can’t choose your parents or the circumstances in which you grow up. • But you can choose how to deal with the outrages and opportunities of life. • From these choices, your character is formed.
Twelve Concepts of Responsibility • Be accountable • Exercise self-control • Plan and set goals • Choose positive attitudes • Do your duty • Be self-reliant • Pursue excellence • Be proactive • Be persistent • Be reflective • Set a good example • Be morally autonomous
What Is Fairness? • Fair decisions are made in an appropriate manner based on appropriate criteria. • The virtue of fairness establishes moral standards for decisions that affect others. How do you feel when things are not fair or equal in your opinion?
Procedural Fairness Requires... • Fair notice • Impartiality • Fact-gathering • Fair hearing Why is it important that you gather facts before acting?
Caring • To show love, regard, or concern for the well-being of others. What are some ways you can show you care about someone?
Elements of Caring: • Concern for others’ well-being • Compassion • Empathy • Kindness and consideration • Charity • Sacrifice • Gratitude • Mercy and forgiveness
Citizenship • The duties, rights, conduct and responsibilities of the citizen of a state. What are some duties or responsibilities you have as a student? What are some duties or responsibilities you have as a son or daughter? What are some of your rights as a student?
Citizenship • Fulfill your civic duties. • Do your share. • Respect authority. • Pursue civic virtues. What does “do your share” mean?
Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habits. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character,it becomes your destiny. Unknown