“Be responsible” is a phrase that teachers often tell their students. How do you teach them the skills necessary to show their own responsibility? From staying on task, being organized, and doing their job of being a student well, it’s so important that teachers focus on how to teach responsibility in the classroom. Through the second module of The Encouraging Classroom, a 12-month character focus course that gives you all the materials you need to get started teaching character education, you may start teaching responsibility in your classroom!
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Your first and second graders love to hear you read stories! What better way to teach responsibility than through read alouds. Books like I Just Want to Do It My Way by Julia Cook are perfect texts to show students how they can take responsibility for their own actions.
In The Encouraging Classroom, I share titles related to responsibility along with YouTube videos. Don’t worry about buying books online. Feel free to use online resources made especially for you to share with your students.
Track student goals.
The best way for students to learn responsibility is to be held accountable. As adults, when we want to succeed, we set goals. Use goal trackers from The Encouraging Classroom with statements like “I clean up after myself” and “I finish my assignments and turn them in”. Other behavior and academic goals are on the chart. Students can track specific goals that are relevant to their needs. Trackers have places for stickers or symbols to color in. Your students will be motivated to reach their goals with responsibility trackers.
Work with parents and guardians at home.
Sending home connection notes to parents and guardians can be an incredible way to teach responsibility! Not only are you looking for the student to bring the note home, they also will have a task to work on to show their responsibility as a family member. Whether it’s helping with dinner, completing chores, or simply having conversations about responsibility, the home and school connection is vital. The Encouraging Classroom includes all the resources you need to communicate with families about character education.
Being responsible for oneself and other roles (as a son or daughter, sibling, and student in a classroom) can be overwhelming in the primary grades. Learning how to be mindful through proper breathing, reflection, and meditation can also teach responsibility for self-care and health. The Encouraging Classroom includes breathing technique posters to use with your students.
Your students are learning about responsibility in your The Encouraging Classroom. Through goal setting and mindfulness, your students will learn that they can be responsible for everything they must do as a child at home and school. They don’t have to do everything alone though. You are here to help them through your The Encouraging Classroom materials on responsibility and 11 other character traits. Get ready to share these and other fantastic resources with your primary students!
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