After 12 years in the classroom I continue to learn and grow as a teacher, and each year I revise my practices to reflect my new learning. I by no means have everything figured out, I continue to make mistakes, reflect, and learn. But, I have become more intentional with implementing what I have found to work well for my students. One of those areas of increased intentionality is my instruction on character development. As I shared in my previous blog post, this is an area of instruction that has been important to me since my first year of teaching.

The creation of The Character Tree has helped me dramatically with implementing a consistent routine for instruction on character development. Just as in any classroom, I have ongoing (and unplanned) opportunities to address my students social emotional needs and I do turn those opportunities into teachable moments. But, The Character Tree has allowed my students an