Virtues at Mountain View
by Mrs. D. Haziri
At the Elementary campus all teachers have a binder inside their classroom for reference. Inside this binder is a collection of virtue materials that are displayed throughout all classrooms. Materials such as the Almadina pledge, classroom posters, checklist and references to virtue based literature. Here are some great examples for you.
Teachers are all on board doing their part and play a very important role as they:
- Act as a model and mentor
- Create a moral community in the classroom
- Teach values through the curriculum
- Encourage moral reﬂection
- Teach conﬂict resolution
Teachers & students also:
- Use encouragers, not drainers
- Demonstrate leadership through exposure and participation in our Almadina Peace Keepers program
- Receive ongoing learning through 2 minute mini lessons everyday
A team of teachers are responsible for organizing each assembly. Teachers join one of the ﬁve virtue committees (conscience, acceptance, respect, empathy and self-control). They are responsible for organizing a school wide activity and morning announcements.
At our virtue assemblies, students have the opportunity to showcase each virtue through drama, song, and various language activities.
Research shows that when students are in a safe and caring learning environment, they tend to take greater academic risks as they feel more comfortable and ready to learn.
In December, Almadina ‘s Conscience and Acceptance virtue stars were able to experience an even greater learning opportunity that benefited our students as well as the community. They visited the nearby seniors activity center where
During the months of November and December, Almadina School focused on the Virtue of Acceptance. Our school themed acceptance literature was “We Are All Wonders” by R.J. Palacio. Influenced by the book’s endearing character
This year for our school Conscience Virtue, the students read Ricky Sticky Fingers by Julia Cook. The students explored the importance of using conscience by finding the good inside themselves to make the right choices.
This year for our Empathy Virtue, students read the story of Ivan the Gorilla, who was known as “The Mall Gorilla”, as he was captured in the wild and forced to live in a mall.