The Peaceful Solution Character Education Program (PSCEP) teaches positive character development in simple, easy-to-follow lesson plans. The lesson plans are carefully designed so you can follow this guide to effect maximum learning in your students. Brief explanations of the lesson outline and suggestions for effective teaching are described below. Download the sample lesson and review as we go along. Download Lesson Here. This sample lesson is taken from the complete grade appropriate curriculum.
The Teacher’s Manual is a step-by-step guide on how to teach each lesson. Students will have a workbook/handbook that goes with each lesson. The workbook/handbook consists of activities which will provide ‘hands-on’ experience of the concepts taught as well as give students who learn by doing, an equal opportunity to fully understand the lesson. The Teacher’s Companion book is filled with fun songs, narratives and poems for some of the lower grades. This is to be used as an additional resource if needed. The songs, poems and narratives will help keep your students alert and ready to interact with positive responses.
The purpose/objective of the lesson is what you, the teacher, would like your students to learn from the lesson. As you go through the lesson, always bear in mind what you want the students to learn so you can focus their minds in the right direction. Once you have established your objective, that is, what you want your students to learn, you will find it very easy to stay in control of your class and boost your confidence.
Materials are all the things you will need to make your class session go smoothly. In the PSCEP lesson plans, these are already listed for you. Ensure that you gather these items before you begin your class. If possible, try them out first to make sure everything is in working condition.
Please read the entire lesson prior to your presentation. Become very familiar with all the steps and the main ideas. Be prepared to ask and answer questions about the Peaceful Solution lesson plan. Reading in advance will give you the foundation of knowledge needed to answer spontaneous questions as well as confidently steer your students back to the main lesson. Preparedness is the key. Your students will see your organization and respect you for it.
Here are some positive behavioral traits to watch for:
· Spontaneous responses to your questions
· Note taking
· Eye contact
· General alertness
If you feel your students are lacking in any of these areas, here are some suggestions:
- Use animation. Children and adults alike respond very well when their imaginations are sparked by vivid words and an animated voice.
- Use the visual aids that are provided in the lesson
- Build your students’ confidence by validating the answers that they give. Use words like “excellent”, “wow”, “awesome” and “great” to describe their responses.
- Provide one-on-one assistance for any student that needs help.
- If your objective is not adequately met, use the Additional Activities found at the end of the lesson to increase understanding.
The Role Of The Teacher
As educators, it is extremely important that we understand the tremendous role we play in the lives of our students. Therefore, our participation in this program is essential to its success. Review the concepts every time a situation arises and not just when the lesson is presented. As significant influences in the lives of our students, we can lay the foundation to help them build strong positive character.
There is a solution to the problems in today’s society. The PSCEP has provided you with the necessary tools to make a difference to our children by instilling in them the values and morals they will need for a lifetime.