Each month teachers in our district focus lessons on a particular trait. Below is a list of when each trait is covered.
September – Work Ethic and Responsibility
October – Respect for Self and Others
November – Compassion
December – Self-Control
January – Tolerance
February – Trustworthiness
March – Cooperation
April – Respect for Community/Environment
May – Commitment/Dedication
June – Fairness/Justice
Top 10 Character Education Traits as Identified by the Kent Community
Work Ethic – Responsibility: Students should:
- Attend to task; demonstrate persistence; show best effort;
- be able to carry out a duty and be trustworthy;
- Exercise sound thinking and good judgment knowling that they are personally accountable for their actions.
Commitment – Dedication: Students should:
- Pursue tasks even when difficult or uninteresting;
- Have a commitment to learning;
- Have a commitment to the classroom community;
- Pursue worthwhile endeavors, showing persistence, care, and effort;
- Have a commitment to a duty or obligation and its conclusion.
Compassion – Empathy – Love – Caring: Students should:
- Show care, concern, and empathy for the needs of other persons without regard to race, religion, gender, age, economic status, and/or physcial and mental condition;
- Be sensitive and supportive of others;
- Be forgiving; not hold grudges.
Fairness – Justice: Students should:
- Show objectivity
- Consider the unique characteristics of individuals and situations when making decisions;.
- Form judgments and conclusions only after all perspectives of an issue have been considered;
- Possess a sense of honesty, justice, and fair play.
Tolerant – Unprejudiced: Students should:
- Accept individual differences;
- Be able to negotiate and compromise;
- Strive to discover and learn about people who are different from themselves and about cultures different from their own.
- Recognize that we are fallible and therefore make mistakes
Self-Control – Self-Discipline: Students should:
- Establish short-term and long-term goals;
- Exhibit continuous self-evaluation in striving for goals;
- Control one’s actions, emotions, or behavior, often in order to improve oneself;
- Not seek revenge;
- Realize the motivations for their actions and give priority to duties and responsibilities rather than to conflicting impulses and desires;
- Be willing to sacrifice present satisfaction in order to receive long-term benefits.
Self-Respect – Respect for Others: Students should:
- Realize their worth and dignity as human beings, and account for their strengths as well as their weaknesses;
- Display good manners and politeness, showing the same respect for others as they would wish for themselves.
Respect for Community – Environment: Students should:
- Work to improve the community;
- Be conservative in their use of natural resources;
- Understand and accept their role as a productive family member;
- Obey laws and rules;
- Show respect for legitimate authority;
- Exercise civic rights and duties;
- Participate in worthwhile school and community activities such as Earth Day, Community Day Clean-Up, etc.
Trustworthiness – Trust: Students should:
- Be worthy of the confidence of others;
- Be truthful, honest, and trustworthy in their relationships with others;
- Acquire sound values and thereafter seek to live up to them in a consistent manner;
- Model moral courage through truthful behavior;
- Be depended upon to do what’s right.
Cooperation: Students should:
- Acknowledge that each individual is accountable for making a contribution to the benefit of the group/school/ community
- Temper the negative aspects of competition;
- Work together for a common purpose.
Revised October 1995