Character as defined by Character First Education is the inward values that determine actions. A mental model used for making decisions. Moreover, it is the moral compass that guided your choices and who we are when no one else is watching. Altogether, it is who you are deep inside.
Does Character Matters Today?
Definitely Yes! Many problems nowadays can be traced to a lack of character. In schools this includes bullying, disrespect, cheating, vandalism and many others. Unquestionably, the spread of COVID-19 these days happen so rapidly because a lot of people do not follow a simple rule of STAYING AT HOME.
In the news we hear politicians accusing each other. Businessmen getting involve in financial corruption. Additionally, leaders and famous celebrities involving themselves in immorality.
Learning Character Lessons Online
Because I am always at home these days, I decided to make use of my time by joining a class online. It is an online seminar on Building Student Character inside the Classroom offered for free by Vibal Group. The seminar topic was so relevant these days. As mentioned by the resource speaker there are discussions nowadays on the proposal of reviving Good Manners and Right Conduct (GMRC) as a full school subject in the Philippine K-12 Curriculum. I believe our national leaders have also felt the need that this is essential for our learners is truly necessary nowadays. In addition to this, I also learned a lot from the seminar. I can’t wait for the next school year to come so I can practice what I have learned.
Top 3 Character Strengths
What do you know about your own character strengths? I’m sure you know about one, but maybe you find it hard to confirm if a certain one is really one of your strength. You can actually answer VIA Character Strengths Survey which is available for free online. My top 3 results are:
1. Love for Learning
Mastering new skills, topics, and bodies of knowledge, whether on one’s own or formally, related to the strength of curiosity but goes beyond it to describe the tendency to add systematically to what one knows.
Having a coherent beliefs about the higher purpose and the meaning of the universe; knowing where one fits within the larger scheme; having beliefs about the meaning of life that shape conduct and provide comfort.
Being aware of and thankful for the good things that happen; taking time to express thanks.
Day 2 of the 30-Day Blogging Challenge done!