As I was teaching, I started to notice that the only compliments my students could think to give to one another were ones about physical appearance. Like, “I like your dress” or “Your shoes are cool” are the only phrases they seem to think of. But what about the qualities that truly define a person’s character? That’s where intentional teaching about character traits comes into play.
Why Teaching Character Traits Matters
Character traits aren’t just big words; they’re the stuff that makes us unique and good human beings. As someone who’s all about creating a vibrant and inclusive classroom, showing your students the way to character traits can be a game-changer.
1. Getting to Know Themselves and Others
Teaching character traits helps kids see the world in a whole new light. They discover that people are more than just their looks. Words like “kind,” “honest,” and “caring” start to mean something. It’s like giving them a superpower to understand and relate to others better.
2. Better Talkers and Listeners
When your students know their character traits, they can talk about themselves and their friends in a deeper way. This not only improves their communication but also helps them build stronger friendships.
3. Boosting Confidence
As they learn about positive character traits, students start to see their own awesomeness. That’s like a confidence booster on steroids! They’ll feel more self-assured and better about themselves.
Fun Tips to Teach Character Traits
So, let’s get to the fun part – how to teach character traits in your awesome classroom:
1. Bright and Bold Posters
Brighten up your classroom with our super cool character traits posters. They’re colorful, eye-catching, and perfect for making learning fun. You can grab them inside the Teach to Love Learning Membership or here on TPT.
2. Playtime with Traits
Get your students involved with fun activities that bring character traits to life. Role-playing, storytelling, and group chats are all super cool ways to get them thinking.
3. Books That Teach
Choose books and stories that feature characters with strong character traits. After reading, talk about what traits they noticed in the characters. It’s like a book club with a twist!
4. Give Props for Good Traits
Create a classroom where character traits are celebrated. High-fives and shout-outs for students showing these traits go a long way in making them feel valued.
Encourage kids to look inside themselves and think about their own character traits. They can set goals for becoming even more awesome humans!
6. Spread the Love
Promote a culture of kindness by encouraging students to compliment each other using character traits. It’s all about creating a positive vibe in your class.