Character Education

When You Enter This Classroom...Triangle Day School offers a formal character education program throughout and across every grade level.  At TDS, Character Education includes a meaningful and challenging academic curriculum that respects all learners, helps all learners succeed, and strives to develop students’ intrinsic motivation.  The goals of the program are:

  • To learn to develop and model cooperative relationships and mutual respect for others.
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  • To foster the capacity to think, feel, and act morally, and with integrity, compassion, and responsibility.
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  • To develop an ethical classroom and community based on fairness, caring, and participation by which each and every individual is taught resilience in a safe and supportive environment.
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TDS uses Stephen Covey’s, The Leader in Me, based on his prior work, 7 Habits of Happy Kids, to foster leadership development in both Lower and Middle Schools.  Stephen Covey has been quoted as saying, “Leadership is communicating people’s worth and potential so clearly that they are inspired to see it in themselves.”

We want each and every student at TDS to find the leader in themselves by making the right choices when no one is looking.  To help students internalize this, we encourage them to consistenly act with all five TDS core values in mind:

  • Respect
  • Responsibility
  • Integrity
  • Compassion
  • Resilience

From leading morning meetings to role-playing scenarios to each child taking his/her turn as the classroom greeter, experiences at TDS give students plenty of opportunties to learn about themselves, implement the 7 Habits, and reflect upon our core values.

At the school-wide assemblies each month, a Middle School student is recognized for demonstrating one or more core values and Lower School teachers share ways the Talented Tornadoes demonstrated the core values. We want to hold each other accountable by not just talking the talk but by also walking the walk. Abigail Van Buren once said, “If you want children to keep their feet on the ground, put some responsibility on their shoulders.”

Our Character program focuses on establishing strong roots and healthy habits so that each and every one of our students will grow into successful leaders of their own lives.