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Part 3: Integrating Character Education in your Classroom: Summary of Research-Based StrategiesAccording to the article, “Building Moderate Attitude Through Character Education,” “Through character education students are expected to be able to independently increase and use knowledge, assess, internalize, and personalize the values of character and noble character so that they appear in everyday behavior” (Ramdhani, Jamaluddin, & Ainissyfia, 2015, p. 793). Character education is important because it instills character values, which involve elements of “…knowledge awareness, willingness, and action to implements the values toward God, ourselves, others, and the environment” in order to be a moral individual (Ramdhani, Jamaluddin, & Ainissyfia, 2015, p. 795). As a future educator, I want to be a role model for my students by promoting the six pillars of character (Six Pillars Program Framework). The six pillars include: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship (Six Pillars Program Framework). Considering I will be a school counselor, this will allow me to work with my students individually. I will implement the importance of values to my students in hopes of them developing a sense of pride to maintain those values. Effective character educationrequires “…intentional and proactive approach plans” (Smagorinsky & Taxel, 2005) as they: Deliberate ways to develop character, rather than simply waiting for opportunities to occur. A comprehensive approach uses all aspects of schooling – the teacher’s example, the discipline policy, the academic curriculum (including the drug, alcohol, and sex education curriculum), the instructional process, the assessment of learning, the management of the school environment, relationships with parents, sports and physical education programs and so on – as opportunities for character development (Smagorinsky& Taxel, 2005, p. 180). In order for character education programs to be successful, the entire community must be involved throughout the school curriculum and development. It is impossible for one educator to make a difference in all students’ lives. As a future educator, it is crucial to develop rules and expectations for students to follow. Unfortunately, students do not understand them in the beginning when they are first taught or displayed. I will reinforce rules and expectations as often as I can while displaying appropriate behavior. A way I can reinforce positive behavior is through operant conditioning. Operant conditioning is defined as “The use of pleasant and unpleasant consequences to change behavior” (Slavin & Schunk, 2017, p. 72). I plan to use this as a school counselor in order to develop my students behaviorally. In order for students to understand the difference between right and wrong, they need to be disciplined. When a student imitates positive behavior such as being respectful then I can reinforce that behavior. However, when a student acts inappropriately or unethically then disciplinary actions should be taken. Per my interview with T. Wright, she touched on similar important points in the classroom. She stated, “…be consistent with rules and