Teachers Shaping Student Character
Does character formation have a place in schools?
Today’s educators juggle many responsibilities. Between crowded classrooms, personalized learning plans, and a constant stream of papers that need grading, it can be hard for teachers to keep their heads above water, let alone find the time and the energy needed to form the character of their students. Meanwhile, administrators wrestle with broader pressures like standardized testing, budget crises, partisan school board debates, and school safety.
In this pressurized environment, how can educators develop the hearts and minds of their students? Does character formation even have a place in our pluralistic school settings? These are complex questions without easy answers, but it’s clear that educators need to take seriously their calling to form students into whole people. Come along as Matthew Hoehner, D.Min., Executive Director of Christ Community Lutheran School and former Executive Director of Open Sky Education’s St. Louis region, and Ellen Bartling, Ph.D., National Director of Content and Operations for the Character Formation Project, explore principles and practices for character formation in K–12 education, including tangible outcomes for teaching virtue in the classroom.
What You'll Learn
Our Character Crisis
The Role of Teachers
Pain, Struggle, and Sacrifice
Purpose and Practice
What Does Character Consist Of?
A Theology for Civic Virtue
Character in Action
More Caught Than Taught
Love and Respect
Roadblocks to Character Formation
"Some Practice Might've Helped"
Human Flourishing is Our Aim
Why Character Matters
What is Virtue?
What To Do When You Don't Know What To Do
Ideas for Implementation
Creating a Culture of Character
Telling Stories of Character
Beyond Behavior Modification
Character-Based Decision Making