Classroom Resources for Teaching Integrity and Principles

Classroom Resources for Teaching Integrity and Principles

Use these resources for teaching integrity in your classroom. The books, videos and websites focus on being principled and knowing what is right and wrong.

Classroom Resources for Teaching Integrity and Principles

IB Learner Profile Trait: Principled

According to the IB Learner Profile, being principled means being someone who will “act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness and justice, and with respect for the dignity and rights of people everywhere. [They] take responsibility for [their actions and their consequences.

Explaining a principled attitude is not an easy task as it is an abstract concept for children. Being principled means knowing what is right and wrong and doing the right thing even when no one is watching. It takes courage and willpower as there will always be others who question a principled course of action or will try to persuade against it. This is especially true of children. 

Having integrity and being principled is hard, which is why children need good role models, at home and school. They also need opportunities to discuss the consequences of their actions and their effects on others.

Use these resources to help your students be open-minded in their dealings with others and take responsibility for their own failures rather than blaming others. Encourage children to be fair by treating others in ways they wish to be treated.

In a previous post, Best Books about Integrity and Being Principled, I researched a list of picture books you can use to teach integrity and a principle attitude in your classroom.

Characteristics of Principled Children

We can also be on the lookout for balanced traits in our students. The characteristics, which will exhibit in different ways depending on their age, include:

  • Honesty with themselves and others 
  • Accountability and reflecting on behaviour
  • Understanding the need for rules and following them
  • Care and compassion 
  • Courage 
  • Fairness 
  • Humility 
  • Loyalty 
  • Patience 
  • Trustworthy
  • Impartially
  • Self-discipline

Key Benefits to Being Principled

There are many great reasons for ensuring you and your students have a principled attitude:

  • Reduces risky behaviour
  • Fewer errors and limits need to edit work multiple time
  • Experiences less stress
  • Looking forward to making progress, personally and academically
  • Shows respect independently
  • Can celebrate and enjoy achievements and positive relationships

Principled Teaching Resources

In this section, you will find a wealth of resources to support your students in being principles. Click through to view picture book ideas, activities and lesson plans related to fairness, integrity, being trustworthy, open-minded and showing impartiality. You will find a list of balanced books, short videos, online resources and balanced reading related questions.

Principled Picture Books

These integrity books all relate to being principled, fair, impartial and trustworthy. Some books below show characters demonstrating fairness and integrity. Others focus on characters listening to their conscience and reflecting the effects of their actions. You can click on the book cover for a synopsis of the book and related online resources.

After the list, there is a list of principled related questions to use during a read-aloud session.

Principled Discussion Questions

  • How would it feel to compromise your principles?
  • Tell me how [character] showed integrity.
  • How do you think it made [character] feel to stand up for their principles?
  • Do you think it was difficult for [character] to be honest? why?
  • What was the effect of [character] actions?
  • What words would you use to describe [character] actions? (true, liar, responsible, fair, trustworthy, reliable, principled, loyal, respectful, just)
  • How could [character] be more principled?
  • How did [character’s] principled behaviour affect others in the story?
  • How did [character’s] integrity impact the events of the story?
  • Did [character] act fairly and honestly? 
  • Did [character] they follow the rules? If not, what were the consequences?
  • How did [character] feel when things were going wrong?
  • What did [character] do to improve the situation?

Integrity and Principled Resources Online

Integrity and Principled Discussion Videos

These short videos can be used as discussion starters for talking about being principled. Watch the video before playing them to your students. Some of them are simple while others are more complex or abstract.

In Conclusion...

Remember to check out the post Best Books about Integrity and Being Principled for even more principled and integrity books.

What books, videos or resources do you to teach the IB trait principled in your classroom? Let me know in the comments!

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