For the next few weeks, TZE’s Character Education Program will focus on the character trait, Fairness. Students will earn dots for demonstrating fairness.
Fairness is being impartial, just, or free of favoritism. It means treating everyone the same. Someone who is fair values equality and is willing to correct his mistakes. If you follow the rules and are honest and reasonable, you are demonstrating fairness. Sometimes it may be difficult for you to understand fairness, but it is important to learn how to treat people equally. When you make sure that others are not treated badly and you do what is right, you are being fair.
How to show fairness:
- Treat people equally.
- Share with others.
- Listen to what others have to say.
- Give others the respect, time, and energy that they deserve.
- Treat those with disabilities fairly.
- Do not take advantage of others.
“The only way to have a friend is to be one.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
Our book of the month, Chester’s Way by Kevin Henkes, is a great example of fairness. Read the summary below and feel free to re-read with your child.
Chester and Wilson had their own way of doing things, and they did everything together. When they cut their sandwiches, it was always diagonally. When they rode their bikes, they always used hand signals. If Chester was hungry, Wilson was too. They were two of a kind, and that’s the way it was – until indomitable Lilly, who had her own way of doing things, moved into the neighborhood. Chester and Wilson share the same exact way of doing things, until Lilly moves into the neighborhood and shows them that new ways can be just as good.
We encourage you to be fair and to learn the alphabet, words, or a song in sign language. Try these websites: