This SMART Notebook file was designed to be used with classroom Smartboards. The file contains 13 slides that introduce children to the set of "Habits of Character" that form the foundation of my teaching. These habits include Cooperation, Courage, Fairness, Honesty, Kindness, Patience, Perseverance, Positive Attitude, Pride, Respect, Responsibility, Self-Discipline, and Service. Each slide includes a specific Habit of Character, a simple definition of the word, a sentence demonstrating the meaning of the word, a short list of related words, and a short list of unrelated words. I use these slides at the beginning of each school year so that my students understand the work habits, social skills, and attitudes that are required to produce quality work and be a great friend. Accompanying each slide is a "Looks Like/Sounds Like" slide on which you can write descriptors that you and your students brainstorm on the day you introduce and feature each habit. I simply cannot imagine teaching children without consistently highlighting and reinforcing these critical habits. A companion file entitled "Habits of Mind" is also available on this site. The Habits of Mind focus on ways of thinking and intellectual dispositions.
Habits of Character
by Steve Reifman
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