Developing Strong Character

Character Lab


Overwhelming scientific evidence now shows that character strengths are as important as IQ and socioeconomic status to achievement and well-being.

Character Lab identifies nine proven character traits that lead to success in life, and as a school, we intentionally teach these to our students.

The character traits are:

  • Curiosity

  • Gratitude

  • Grit

  • Growth Mindset

  • Optimism

  • Purpose

  • Self Control

  • Social Intelligence

  • Zest

Teaching Character:

Seven Keys for Implementing Character at School:

  • Believe It and Model It: Breathe life into the James Baldwin quote: “The children are ours. Every single one of them… children have never been very good at listening to their elders but have never failed to imitate them.”

  • Name It: Give the intangible and often-unnamed a name. Only by labeling and talking about character traits can we embark on the journey to develop them.

  • Find It: Introduce kids to real-world and fictional examples that display the various character strengths.

  • Feel It: Help kids and adults feel the positive effects of focusing on, and developing, their own character strengths.

  • Integrate It: Create dual-purpose experiences and lessons that involve the character strengths.

  • Encourage It: Provide people with growth mindset praise (i.e., precise, descriptive praise) around character.

  • Track It: Record and discuss progress toward character goals regularly.

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