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Education in Virtue, Virtue Based Classroom Management, Christian Witness Certificates

VBCM 3: Christian Witness Certificates

 

Welcome to the Virtue Based Classroom Management Series where you will find ideas and free downloads for implementing Education in Virtue in your classroom. This is the third post. For a complete list of posts, topics, and free downloads click here.

CLICK HERE for your free download of Christian Witness Certificates for the 4 cardinal virtues and the 28 related virtues.Education in Virtue, Virtue Based Classroom Management, Christian Witness Certificates

Fellow teachers, do we really know what it is like when a parent sees an email in their inbox from us? What is the first reaction? Dread? Frustration? Anger? Defense? I doubt it is often “Oh good! I wonder what she has to say?” Let’s face it, more often than we would like our communication home to parents is “bad news.” Your son had a hard time paying attention in class today because he was distracted by his new toy. I asked him several times to put it away, and eventually I had to confiscate it… Your daughter was struggling today to be respectful and appropriate in class. She was very talkative and off task… 

We know that there are many good characteristics in our students – the way one always reaches out to the person left out at recess, the way another is always asking you if he can help, the way someone is always the first to follow directions, no matter what. Each student has something that makes you smile when you think of him or her, something big or little that you have noticed and would brag about, if anyone would listen. But how often do we tell the parents about those thing?

Education in Virtue, Virtue Based Classroom Management, Christian Witness Certificates

Education in Virtue, Virtue Based Classroom Management, Christian Witness Certificates

Education in Virtue, Virtue Based Classroom Management, Christian Witness Certificates

These Christian witness certificates help with that positive communication. The language of the virtues helps give us the lexicon to describe good behavior. Sometimes you hear “name it to tame it” when people talk about overcoming a bad habit. Well, this is naming the good habit to affirm and encourage it! Effective praise is specific and concrete, describing the action. The person who includes someone at recess is practicing the virtues of kindness and affability. The student who offers help is generous, and the student who is first to follow directions is obedient. When a students knows he or she has practiced a virtue, it gives such a sense of confidence and joy. Parents love to hear their children praised. Practically, it gives them the language to reinforce the good habits that you are seeing (and want to continue to see!) in the classroom. 

CLICK HERE for your free download of Christian Witness Certificates for the 4 cardinal virtues and the 28 related virtues.