Few character education books published in the 21st century have addressed the resource needs of P-12 teachers. It Starts in the Classroom: Character Education for a Better Tomorrow is a “character education tool kit” that enables P-12 teachers, teachers-in-training, counselors, administrators, and coaches to see themselves as the “key” character educators in their schools, classrooms, and community. This book helps bring humanity, student engagement, and other life skills into the classroom that have been proven to increase student academic achievement. Ultimately, It Starts in the Classroom helps teachers see that they are, in fact, really changing the world for the better. This book shows them how to do this not only with their students but with themselves. With the current state of our world, character education is needed now more than ever. Things can get better, but it starts in the classrooms—with the teachers and the students.
Edward F. DeRoche is the director of the Character Education Resource Center located at University of San Diego. He is also a recipient of the Sanford M. McDonnell Award for Lifetime Achievement in Character Education. Ed has published over eight books on the topic of character education.
Serena Pariser is the bestselling author of Real Talk About Classroom Management and coauthor (with Edward DeRoche) of Real Talk About Time Management. She is also coauthor of Five to Thrive: Answers to Your Biggest Questions About Creating a Dynamic Classroom. She presents and consults nationally surrounding her work with teachers and students.
Chapter 1: About Character and Character Education
Chapter 2: It’s About Leadership
Chapter 3: The Basic Skills and Traits of Character
Chapter 4: Character and Models for Teaching It
Chapter 5: Character and Relationships
Chapter 6: Character and Social-Emotional Learning
Chapter 7: Character and Teaching of Social Skills
Chapter 8: Character and the Teaching of Question-Asking Skills
Chapter 9: Character and Project-Based Learning
Chapter 10: Character and Service Learning
Chapter 11: Character and Classroom Climate
Chapter 12: Assessing Character Education
Chapter 13: Character Commands Discipline
Chapter 14: Character and Restorative Justice
Chapter 15: A Character Recipe for Your Students: SPAM
Chapter 16: Character: Parents and Partners
Chapter 17: Character and Cooperative Learning
Chapter 18: Character and Citizenship
Chapter 19: 3 PDF’s Worth Your Attention
About the Authors
It Starts in the Classroom: Character Education for a Better Tomorrow is a welcome addition to the character education landscape and addresses a compelling and urgent societal need. DeRoche and Pariser make a solid case as to why “teachers…need to become problem-solvers…especially in regard to educating children and youth to be both smart and good.” Equally rich in theory and easy to adapt classroom ideas, this book will be one teachers at all levels will want to keep within arm’s reach!
If you appreciate a book written by one of the leaders in the field, is easy to read and understand, provides a historical perspective, contains all the latest developments, and offers you countless suggestions for improving your classroom and school, this is it! Edward F. DeRoche has dedicated a good chunk of his life to character education and has done a beautiful job with Serena Pariser of passing on much of what he has learned in a practical and down-to-earth guide for bringing out the best in our students.
In It Starts in the Classroom: Character Education for a Better Tomorrow, Dr. Edward F. DeRoche and Serena Pariser cover all of the aspects of how to teach this firm foundation to our youth, from the importance of the school’s commitment to the teachers’ role and how to incorporate character education practically and easily into the classroom, to how to assess character development. They provide research and resources for those who want the data, and anecdotes for those who want to hear real results. For those invested in the younger generations and wondering how we can focus on civility, self-discipline, justice, and conflict resolution, this book is a must-read and must-share!
PreK-12 teachers, counselors, administrators, coaches, and educators need resources that are practical, relevant, and easily replicable. DeRoche and Pariser offer a thoughtfully organized “character education tool kit” that is distinctly (and thankfully) rooted in the classroom. I really appreciate the no-nonsense conversational tone and teachers will love the great collection of adaptable no-prep materials. Make this book work for your needs and style, and, more importantly, make it work for your students as you help them develop the attributes needed to be successful not just in school, but in life.