What are some things you can do in your classroom?As suggested by Benninga (2003) and supported by NAEYC’s Code of Ethical Conduct (2011), “the school building is physically cared for and psychologically safe and teachers model exemplary character traits. There is good communication between teachers and parents.” Teacher modeling of appropriate and accepted behavior is integral to children understanding what ethical behavior looks like. They see the teachers as role models. Role playing is another way to teach ethical behavior in the classroom. Children learn through acting out and discussing everyday scenarios. In a culturally correct classroom setting and environment, the teacher shows respect and acceptance to each student and their families. This can be
done by acknowledging and learning about the cultures present in the classroom through book readings,posters, discussions, speakers, etc. The implementation and planning of Classroom activities should focus on the promotion of child self-confidence, self-worth, and self-efficacy. “Children thrive on accomplishments, not on empty self-esteem message” (Benninga, 2003, p. 5).