Building Character with Service Projects

Alas,  the news media has been drowning us with news of character traits that probably shouldn’t be discussed with children. Most of us have been in teaching long enough to remember character building programs that we were asked to implement in our classrooms and playgrounds. High stakes testing has all but eliminated these programs from our schools. The lone exception may be anti-bullying.

Student run projects coordinated for summer activities could possibly restore “character building” to our communities if not our classrooms. A guest blogger on the Edutopia site shares tips for helping students to organize service.

A Formula for Creating Successful Student-Run Service Learning Projects


  1. MVan619 said:

    I agree completely with the idea of using service learning projects to build character. Many students in our building love to learn about themselves and others while completing a project. I love to see the look on their faces when they start to enjoy the project simply because it gives to someone else, and the students understand that they get nothing in return but the good feeling that they have accomplished something or helped out in some way. I wish that high stakes testing could some how incorporate character building into their format, even if it was a writing piece and the topic was centered around service learning. Students need to express what they have learned to others and pass their knowledge on in order for them to feel the greatest reward – teaching!

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