Book: Character Toolkit for Teachers

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Character Toolkit for Teachers: 100+ Classroom and Whole School Character Education Activities for 5- to 11-Year-Olds

​by Frederika Roberts and Elizabeth Wright.  Foreword by Kristján Kristjánsson. 

This accessible and much-needed resource sets out advice on how to develop character and encourage wellbeing in pupils aged 5-11.

Schools are increasingly aware of how beneficial positive character skills can be, but resources on how to develop them are scarce. This book gives teachers the means to promote gratitude, positive emotions, character strengths, and positive relationships through 100+ easy-to-implement activities such as student diaries, classroom displays and letter writing campaigns. It also includes tools and strategies that go beyond the classroom, helping to embed character education into the culture and ethos of the entire school. Each chapter will include a short introduction to the relevant theoretical background, and all activities are based on validated character education and positive psychology interventions.

Bite-sized and practical, and full of ideas that can be dipped in and out of in the classroom, this is an ideal book for busy teachers.

"Character Toolkit for Teachers" is out 21st May 2018 and available to pre-order now

from major online booksellers in the UK, USA, Canada, Australia and more!

"The text of my teacher dreams; a multi-layered character education gem!"

Kate Sowter, Deputy Head Pathfinder Teaching School, CPD Lead Pathfinder Multi Academy Trust

"A must-read for teachers everywhere."

Flora Barton Headteacher, Crowmarsh Gifford C. E. Primary School

"An essential resource for teachers and school leaders"

Rhiannon McGee, Head of Positive Education at Geelong Grammar School

Character Toolkit is an immensely readable and practical book; a source of inspiration and guidance for any teacher passionate about helping children and young people cultivate vital character virtues that enable them to flourish.’

Dr Tom Harrison, Director of Education, Jubilee Center for Character and Virtue, University of Birmingham

‘The only way the science of character can have a tangible impact in the classroom is through finding concrete and creative ways to translate it into practice. This toolkit does just that.’

Dr Ilona Boniwell, Programme Leader, MSc in Applied Positive Psychology, Anglia Ruskin University & CEO of Positran

‘A sensationally effective practical toolkit! Roberts and Wright seamlessly use evidence-based research to introduce a theme and set the context for the activities , which are clear and quick to read! This really is the text of my teacher dreams; a multi-layered character education gem that needs to be on every school bookshelf!’

Kate Sowter, Deputy Head Pathfinder Teaching School, CPD Lead Pathfinder Multi Academy Trust

‘This book is an excellent resource for busy teachers seeking an introduction to Character and Positive Education. It includes a wealth of ideas to promote mental health and well-being in children, and its practical activities can be lifted straight off the pages and delivered in schools and classrooms.’

Jane Kirkham, Psychologist and Teacher, Association of Independent Schools of Western Australia

‘The Toolkit’s many exercises provide school professionals and their pupils with the necessary guidance to teach and learn differently. Through its thoroughly researched background information, precise instructions and—most importantly—sincere empathy, this book strikes me as a perfect instrument to take simple steps towards great goals.’

Claire Russon, psychologist, senior research and development advisor, Ministry of Education, Children and Youth, Luxembourg

‘This practical and easily accessible resource is a gift for teachers keen to grow children’s emotional wellbeing . The underlying theory and research is provided in digestible language, and the practical and fun exercises can be integrated into the curriculum without burdening our busy teachers.’

Peter Harper, Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Val Payne, Education Consultant; both in independent practice

‘The authors have carefully created a brilliant guide. The book expertly provides theories and fun-yet-thought-provoking practical activities in easy, accessible chunks for schools that strive to help each child reach their full potential.’

Louisa Simons, Lower Key Stage two Phase Leader and Whole School Growth Mindset Leader, Brodetsky Primary School

Character Toolkit brilliantly combines current research with clear, straightforward classroom activities . This is a practical and invaluable resource for teachers seeking to support students in navigating the school years and beyond.’

Lauren Knussen, Senior Research Associate & Ph.D. Candidate, School of Education, University of Technology Sydney

Steeped in research, this toolkit should be essential reading for every school team and integral in the design of a character education curriculum – the foundation on which to help build a school’s ethos and culture prioritising wellbeing for children and staff. Roberts and Wright have written a must-read for teachers everywhere.’

Flora Barton, Headteacher, Crowmarsh Gifford C. E. Primary School

'Found it at last! A toolkit to inspire the next stage of our work on the character education curriculum. As a multi-academy trust with a clear focus on the ‘Inner Curriculum’ we have been looking for ways to inspire our teams to embed activities to develop specific character traits and positive qualities in our young people. This amazing book is the answer!’

Stephen Chamberlain, Chief Executive, Challenger Multi Academy Trust/Senior Partner: Challenge Partners/National Leader of Governance

‘Frederika and Elizabeth bring to life the theory of character education as bitesize practical chunks in this teacher-friendly guide. I especially like the focus on developing ‘emotional granularity’ in our learners. If our students can identify, articulate and harness their emotions, they will be able to flourish with mental and physical wealth. ’

Hannah Wilson, Executive Headteacher Aureus School & Aureus Primary School

‘Every so often you read a book powerful enough to define your pedagogy; Character Toolkit is it! It translates an extraordinary amount of outstanding research into simple learning activities that will transform classrooms into places of discovery, joy and fun, and allow students to flourish, grow and positively contribute to society.’

Vanessa Gamack, Mission and Education Advisor, Anglican Schools Commission, Southern Queensland

‘Positively practical…perfectly poised to become a primary resource for teachers, practitioners and parents concerned about the social-emotional wellbeing of our children and youth. The activities and resources are easily adaptable to various settings and ages, even my college-level students! ’

Beverley Myatt, M.Ed. Psychology Professor, Durham College, Ontario, Canada

‘Character is how we put strengths and values into everyday practice. The earlier children learn these skills, the happier and more meaningful their lives are likely to be. Roberts and Wright have created an excellent resource providing detailed activities to develop a diverse range of character traits.’

Dr Sue Roffey, FRSA, FBPsS, Honorary Professor at Exeter University, Director Growing Great Schools Worldwide

‘This highly accessible book provides a rich set of resources to help students develop a love of learning, a deep sense of connection and an understanding of moral and ethical issues through practices of self-reflection, gratitude and kindness.’

Professor Penny Jane Burke, Global Innovation Chair of Equity, Director, Centre of Excellence for Equity in Higher Education (CEEHE)

Character Toolkit is a gift for teachers and anyone who works with children. Roberts and Wright have written an essential guide for teaching character!’

Caren Baruch-Feldman, Ph.D. Psychologist and Author of The Grit Guide for Teens: A Workbook to Help You Build Perseverance, Self-Control, and a Growth Mindset

‘This book provides great ideas and strategies as a vehicle to bring a school’s vision to life with impactful character and positive education.’

Patrick Ottley-O'Connor, Executive Principal & Leadership Development Coach

Character Toolkit is an essential resource for teachers and school leaders who wish to introduce character and positive education into their classrooms and school environments. Roberts and Wright have provided educators with a broad range of useful, practical and evidence-based activities to assist with the provision of a holistic education which prioritises student and community wellbeing.’

Rhiannon McGee, Head of Positive Education at Geelong Grammar School.

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