John Bennett asks:
I’ve always been a strong believer that an educator cannot TEACH anything - only FACILITATE learning. With regard to character then, my question: What approach to character can an educator take? Even if one decided to try to teach character, can it be done?
Please share your thoughts in the comments or, if you prefer, feel free to email them to me. There will be plenty of space for reader comments.
Coincidentally, Education Week is hosting a webinar on a similar topic on Wednesday, January 29th. Learn more at Improving Classroom Climate Through Social Emotional Learning.
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