Michael Shulman, Ph.D. says character formation really does begin in the cradle, with people like us being dependable.
I had a great time with a bunch of early childhood educators yesterday evening. We discovered that none of them had ever had any training in how to teach good character traits! So we talked about how important that is and we practiced planning lessons around stories with a good moral point.
A few, well just 3, had decided that because they taught – or cared for — infants, that they couldn’t do the assignment. Even when I told them how to do it 3 times, they just repeated that they couldn’t. One was staring off into space. The other group of infant teachers was busily, happily filling in their lesson plans. Clearly I thought they could since, I gave them answers. Then I gave them choices and pointed to answers along either line. They took none of them. Ah well.
Any way, I’m glad today to see that Dr. Shulman also thinks that some things we do, even with infants, helps them develop better characters.
Please share your ideas: what can we do to help children develop good character, manners, and morals?
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How could this session be improved? No, this was perfect actually. Loved that it allowed for discussion.
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“Very helpful to use in my classroom.”
“I love love loved the tidbits of the history of teaching you included…. I would love to dig deeper into how … education has changed and [talk about how to] “get back to basics.”
What did you like best about this seminar? She had an emphasis on Christ centered education. (This was in a church affiliated preschool.)
What did you like best?
- Where to find books [relating to] morals.
- Plenty of time for discussion was given.
- Explanation of the class which I could understand well.
- Learning how to incorporate values into our planning.
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