Stepping Up to Character

  • 4 Lessons to Build Character

    • The Power of Respect
    • Making Responsible Choices
    • Using Good Judgment
    • Being True to Yourself

Instill positive values! For grades K-6

Stepping Up to Character, the third DVD program in the Stepping On Up series, promotes an foundational set of character traits essential for navigating the turbulent preteen years. It contains four lessons that help students become more caring and responsible, develop a core set of values and a positive sense of self, as well as utilize problem-solving skills to make better choices.

Lesson 1 – The Power of Respect

One of the twin foundations of character, respect is the basis of a range of skills and attributes — empathy, caring, conflict resolution, violence prevention and the ability to get along with others. When Dieter and Zazi put out a joke edition of their school newspaper for April Fools’ Day, they learn that it is easy to disrespect and hurt others, even when not meaning to. An awareness of cultural differences is fostered as well as sensitivity to physical differences and vulnerabilities.

Lesson 2 – Making Responsible Choices

Responsibility, the second fulcrum of character, is explored and fostered in this important program. When Zazi and Dieter have to choose between completing an important group project and a unique opportunity for fun, they learn the importance of honoring commitments and keeping your word, even when it is difficult. Problem-solving techniques are developed as our dynamic duo brainstorm positive solutions to their thorny dilemma and the related character traits of honesty, trustworthiness, persistence, discipline and doing your best are instilled.

Lesson 3 – Using Good Judgment

As the horizons of life expand during the elementary school years and students face a growing set of complicated choices, good judgment becomes a critical life skill, not only for the successful transition to the teen years, but often for mere survival. The complicated dynamics of growing up — rules, freedom, choices, risk assessment, good judgment and safety are humorously explored as Zazi and Dieter weigh a number of options to fill a long and empty summer afternoon. Our indomitable duo learn that with freedom comes responsibility and to gain the independence they crave, they must first earn it by making good choices.

Lesson 4 – Being True to Yourself

Self-knowledge, the highest order of social-emotional skills — and the foundation of authenticity and good character — is developed when Zazi faces some tough challenges as she moves into a new– and faster – social group. When her newfound friends begin to mistreat her and push her to betray her values, Zazi must decide between an exciting new social life and her true identity. Self-awareness, self-respect, the difference between true and false friends and the importance of sustaining nurturing, positive relationships is also explored.

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