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The Science of Character

Aly Morrissey
Character education is deeply rooted in the Pre-K-Grade 9 curriculum at Fessenden. It is especially important to address the meaning of strong character during the fall, when the tone is being set for the upcoming school year.

During a recent Wednesday X Block, the Upper School division met in joint advisories to watch The Science of Character, a video that explores neuro and social science. The piece was shown in honor of Global Character Day (Sept. 18), and proves that we can shape who we are, and who we want to be.

Students and faculty discussed The Science of Character video using the following questions:
  • How do we shape our character?
  • Who will we serve, and who do we want to be as a community member, friend, mentor, or leader? 
Boys examined the classification of character traits and virtues and identified their top three character strengths, as well as three traits they hope to build upon over the course of the year.

Students also completed a reflective Google Form to recap the X Block experience. The final question on the survey asked for the boys "to come up with three community (character, behavioral, and/or leadership) traits that the Upper School community should follow in order to create a more inclusive, thriving community."

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Learn more about our character education program here.
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