When we talk about character we are referring to the moral values (or virtues) that a person demonstrates in action. Character is the way we think, feel and behave. It is recognising what is right and doing what is right.
Everyone can develop, practice and grow important moral (recognising) and performance (doing) values in themselves and cultivate them in others.
Character education is the teaching of core values that are needed to keep our society running harmoniously and grow successfully. It enables children and adults in a school community to understand, care about and act on core ethical values.
ShareTree has adopted 120 character qualities that feature in our programs and our day-to- day lives. For example, lead virtues include purposefulness, hope, truthfulness, love, respect, mindfulness, wisdom, trustworthiness, compassion, courage, tolerance and self-discipline.
At the heart of character education is the idea is that students and adults actively work together to create a better society through shared ethical values.
Start Today! All you need to do, is to acknowledge someone’s character qualities through this simple acknowledgement:
Thank you Phil for your Resilience. I can see you trying hard to learn how to ride your bike and you keep getting back on no matter how many times you lose your balance.
It’s simple, thank the person for their Character Quality (find all 120 of them on our website or on our free iOS & Android app) and how it was demonstrated. Go on, give it a go and make a real difference in someone’s life today.