Character Strength – Kindness

At BHPS, we are learning about character strengths as part of our new approach to Positive Education.

There are 24 different character strengths, and they are classified into six different areas: wisdom, courage, humanity, justice, temperance and transcendence. You can read more about the character strengths on our blog post here.

In class, students have identified their “top” character strengths. We have discussed that everyone possesses all 24 character strengths and they change and develop over time.

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Each week, our school is planning to focus on a different strength. The first strength we are focussing on is kindness. As a character strength, kindness is defined as “I am kind and generous to others, and I am always helpful. I enjoy doing good deeds for others.”

We have identified that the key words in the kindness character strength are:

  • generous
  • helpful
  • good deeds

Earlier this week, Mr Roskosch came into 3/4C and read a picture book, The Very Cranky Bear by Nick Bland, that includes an example of kindness. The students enjoyed the story and the discussions with Mr Roskosch.

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Do you know any other characters in books or movies that demonstrate “kindness”?

Describe a time that you have been kind to someone.

The 24 Character Strengths

Today, we started learning about the 24 character strength traits.

The VIA Classification of Character Strengths is made up of 24 character strengths that are categorised into six different areas:

  • Wisdom
  • Courage
  • Humanity
  • Justice
  • Temperance
  • Transcendence

As individuals, we each possess all of the 24 identified character strengths to varying degrees. Some strengths feature prominently in our characters (these are our ‘top traits’ or ‘signature traits’), but they can all be developed over time.

The 24 character strengths are described below.

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In class, we researched and discussed the meaning of each character strength. Once we know more about them, we will be able to identify which “signature traits” feature in our personalities.

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What did you learn about character strengths?

Which character strengths were new to you?

What strengths do you think might be your “top traits” or “signature traits”?

Are there any strengths you would like to develop?