NPDL Character

What is Character?

Understanding character (as well as themselves as individuals and learners) helps students build personal resilience and prepares them to navigate and feel equipped to face the many opportunities and challenges of today’s complex world.

What does Character look like?

Learning to deep learn

This happens when learners are highly skilled at finding and creating their own learning opportunities in ways that help them build the knowledge and skills they will need to succeed in life – and to create worthwhile solutions that impact life, work, and the world. They actively seek out feedback and use it to better understand how well their thinking patterns and approaches to learning are helping them grow.

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Student Voice: Experiencing Deeper Learning Through PBL

Grit, tenacity, perseverance, and resilience

This is demonstrated when learners have highly developed grit, tenacity, perseverance, and resilience. This allows them to work – and support others to work – through challenges, experiences and setbacks effectively. Feedback is sought out and used as an opportunity to learn. Learners at this level understand the importance of these character qualities as essential for creating meaningful change in life, work, and the world.

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Celebrating resilience - reframing the narrative around our students: Clint Smith at TEDxManhattan

Educating For Happiness and Resilience: Dr. Ilona Boniwell at TEDxHull

Growth Mindset

Self-regulation and responsibility

Learners are highly capable in self-regulation, and proactively take responsibility for their own learning. They can clearly articulate how self-regulation and responsibility affect how well they are able to create worthwhile solutions that impact life, work, and the world. They see learning as an integral part of life.

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The power of student-driven learning: Shelley Wright at TEDxWestVancouverED

10 Expectations

Teaching for Tomorrow: Flipped Learning

Empathy for contributing to the safety and benefit of others

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Teaching for Tomorrow: Flipped Learning

Leveraging digital

Learners used digital elements ubiquitously throughout the task in powerful ways to provide timely feedback and deepen the efficiency, quality, and value of the learning process. Learners can articulate in detail about how each digital element has helped them reflect on the learning process in ways that could not have been achieved otherwise, and apply that understanding to new and different contexts.

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Learning to Change, Changing to Learn: Student Voices

The 21st Century Learner Macarthur Foundation

Leveraging digital for collaboration

This occurs when learners use digital elements (resources, tools, devices) ubiquitously throughout a task in order to deepen the quality of collaboration and encourage innovation. Throughout this process, learners need to be able to articulate in detail how each digital element has contributed to, accelerated and enhanced the team’s learning. They can then apply that understanding to new and different contexts.

Character in Action

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