Fairness…how does one teach it?

How can we teach the concept of fairness to students? It’s hard for adults to understand sometimes, too. Michelle Hunt, an elementary school teacher, shared the following activity she did with her students.

“When I was student teaching in third grade,…

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Guest Column: Fairness

Fairness is an abstract quality that requires you to have an amalgamation of many other character traits, including taking responsibility for your own actions, being honest and sincere, portraying trustworthiness between you and your peers, and many more. To simplify this rather abstract concept,…

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Guest Column: Caring

Never believe that a few caring people can’t change the world. For indeed, that’s all who ever have.” Margaret Mead

I was able to attend a celebration of Life for a great man that made an incredible impact on those around him….

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Guest Column: Citizenship

For me, citizenship means taking seriously our responsibility to make our country the best place it can be. There are many ways to practice citizenship: Following the speed limit, keeping your sidewalk free of snow in winter, noticing problems in your community and working to fix them….

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Guest Column: Responsibility

What do you think of when you hear the word “responsibility?” I hear my mother’s voice sternly questioning, “Who is responsible for this mess?” As badly as I wanted to blame my little brother, I knew it was my doing….

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Guest Column from the West Plains Chapter: Generosity

Volunteering has always been a passion of mine.  In the summer during some of my middle/high school years, I volunteered as a camp counselor at camp Na-Bor-Lee and was a leader at Vacation Bible School.  During the school year, I would go to the local nursing home and visit and play bingo with a woman who I had met in the time that my great grandfather was there….

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Guest Column: Generosity

My most poignant experiences with generosity have happened through mentorship. Amongst an eclectic network of mentors – comprised of childhood dance and art teachers, colleagues and college professors to family members, peers and fellow artists – I have discovered various facets of generosity;…

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Guest Column from West Plains: Integrity

Each month The Current supports Partners Advancing Character Education (PACE) by publishing a guest column connected to one of PACE Character Traits. For the month of June it is Integrity, which is living a set of values encompassing honesty, respect for others,…

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Guest Column: Integrity

“However we choose to have it, our integrity shows the world the truth. How will you choose to walk with integrity?”

Put one foot in front of the other. Follow the swarm of students trudging to their next class….

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Guest Column: Courage

Courage can be found across our region, our state, our nation and our world. Every day we see people – from children to senior citizens – act with courage. A few examples include people fighting a serious illness,…

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Guest Column from West Plains: Courage

Imagine what it feels like to lose. Multiply that several times over. How tempting is it to throw up your hands in defeat and get really mad about it?

When I was in junior high, I went to a small school that wouldn’t be able to field a girls’ basketball team unless every girl in both the seventh and eighth grades turned out for the team….

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West Plains Guest Column: Trustworthiness

Trustworthy is the PACE character trait for April.  As a former school counselor and now teacher I’ve learned a lot about trustworthiness, working with students and families.  To be Trustworthy means to be someone that others can trust and count on to be reliable. …

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