What a Teacher Can Do to Foster HonestyHAL URBAN
As a high school teacher, I wanted my students to realize that when we choose to be honest — or dishonest — something happens inside of us.
It affects the kind of person we are becoming.
To help them see why this is true, I asked them to write in response to a series of questions:
Next, students shared their answers in small groups, followed by reporting out and whole-group discussion. Then I had students read an excerpt from my book Life's Greatest Lessons, describing the consequences of dishonesty (turns us into phonies, destroys trust, and undermines self-respect) and the benefits of leading an honest life (builds a good reputation, strengthens relationships, and brings peace of mind).
Once students had read this essay, I asked them to write again on the initial questions about honesty, and compare their two sets of responses.
As a class we discussed how their answers may have changed and why. This activity helped them see that honesty is a choice, one that matters. They had a better grasp of why honesty is essential if they wished to have self-respect and fulfilling relationships – now and throughout their lives.
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