#34016 Character Education & Development - Work It Out! Strategies for Resolving Conflict (Run time 22 min.) DVD $49.95
Last year's Spring Fling at Jefferson High School was a total disaster-and this year's student committee doesn't want it to happen again! But can the group put aside the past and work together constructively to create a successful dance? This video uses scenario analysis to model four key conflict resolution strategies: taking the person out of the problem; focusing on issues, not egos; being objective; and creating win-win solutions. Show your students that differences are a part of who we are-and that while we may not get along with each other all the time, we do have to find positive ways to work out our disagreements. A viewable/printable instructor's guide is available online. Correlates to National Standards for Family and Consumer Sciences Education and Project 2061. A Cambridge Educational Production. (22 minutes)
#25711 Character Education & Development - It Takes Many Colors to Make a Rainbow (Run time 11 min.) DVD $59.95
Androgena and her friends, the pinkies, the blueies, and the greenies are a colorful introduction to diverse cultures for young children. This zany group is glad to show kids that everyone is special-just the way they are. No matter what color, culture, socioeconomic background, or gender, children can learn to accept the similarities and differences among their peers. This important video challenges some of the biases that are visible among young children and encourages them to grow up with a positive attitude about others. A Meridian Production. (11 min.)
#26778 Character Education & Development - We All Get Wet When It Rains (Run time 23 min.) DVD $59.95
In some ways, we are all alike; in other ways, we are all different, but sometimes all we can see are the differences. Too often, children don't know how to relate to those who have physical or mental disabilities. This video features a charming puppet who shows children that it's important to accept people for who they are. Viewers see children with and without disabilities interacting comfortably. A comprehensive leader's guide provides concrete suggestions for creating a natural and comfortable atmosphere in the classroom and for handling questions, fears and prejudices that may arise. This is an excellent way to bring up a difficult subject! A Meridian Production. (22 min.)
#14362 Character Education & Development - Shyness and Assertiveness (Run time 22 min.) DVD $69.95
Moving from shyness to assertiveness is a painful path for many young people. This program helps make that journey easier by offering insights into reasons for shyness and ways to overcome it, then moves the viewer toward the road to healthy assertiveness. Symptoms of shyness are dramatized in an empathetic way, and methods for building self-esteem and social skills are highlighted. Assertiveness is contrasted with aggressive and passive behavior as viewers see that being assertive means positive, honest, and healthy communication. A Cambridge Educational Production. (22 minutes)
#14364 Character Education & Development - Getting Along with Others (Run time 24 min.) DVD $69.95
This engaging video teaches basic skills for getting along with others. Six "problem" personality types are identified, along with ways to deal with them. Healthy behaviors are explored in the context of several principles of positive communication: following the golden rule; accepting differences; not expecting too much; and compromising. This program is full of fast-paced vignettes illustrating techniques for more effective living while keeping the viewer interested and amused! A Cambridge Educational Production. (24 minutes)
#14366 Character Education & Development - Values (Run time 22 min.) DVD $69.95
In this entertaining video, four students play the values auction. They begin with $1,000.00 and must decide on which values they are willing to spend it. If they bid but don't win, they lose their bids. Whoever wins must explain why the value is important. Values covered include creative expression, helping others, family, power, security, achievements, and others. A Cambridge Educational Production. (22 minutes)
#14369 Character Education & Development - Stress (Run time 21 min.) DVD $69.95
This program teaches the causes and effects of stress along with specific techniques for controlling it. With clear language it covers the psychological, physiological, and emotional effects of stress. Utilizing drama and humor, the video covers a variety of stress control techniques including breathing, muscle relaxation, exercise, as well as a variety of cognitive approaches. Emphasis is placed on accepting and expressing feelings, developing communication, and setting realistic goals. A Cambridge Educational Production. (21 minutes)
#14371 Character Education & Development - Self-Esteem (Run time 22 min.) DVD $69.95
This program focuses on teaching teens how to overcome feelings of inadequacy and replace them with feelings of self-worth, self-respect, and self-confidence. Using real-life examples, the video begins by focusing on the causes of low self-esteem. The second portion of the program shows how to recognize and avoid low self-esteem traps. The final portion of the program demonstrates how to raise one's self-esteem through positive thinking and realistic goal setting. A Cambridge Educational Production. (22 minutes)
#8200 Character Education & Development - Underdeveloped and Overexposed: Putting Your Self-Esteem in Focus (Run time 25 min.) DVD $79.95
Even people who have 20/20 vision may have difficulty putting the image they see in the mirror into focus. While they may see the true image of everything and everyone around them, the picture becomes distorted and unrealistic when looking at themselves. This positive and upbeat video acquaints young adults with the problems caused by low self-esteem and teaches techniques for creating a more positive self-image. Viewers learn what self-esteem is, how it is formed, and the difficulties created by a low self-image. As they follow three high school students who are struggling with their own self-images, viewers learn techniques for combatting a low self-esteem and exercises for turning negative feelings into positive attributes. This highly effective motivational tool is a must-see not only for students who need to improve their self-image, but also for those who feel up one day and down the next. A Cambridge Educational Production.One 30-minute video.
#14652 Character Education & Development - Ready...Set...Goals: Setting and Achieving Goals (Run time 36 min.) DVD $79.95
Assist students in defining their paths to success by teaching them the purpose and importance of setting goals. This informative video features people of all ages discussing what goals are, how goals have affected their lives, how they choose goals, and forces that have influenced the fulfillment of their goals. Viewers learn about the different types of goals they might work toward, people and things that might help or hinder the achievement of their goals, how to choose and prioritize goals, how to evaluate goals, and when to change goals. Stresses the importance of setting realistic and measurable goals and defines resources which help us to achieve them. Students learn a valuable lesson about how to fulfill their dreams by evaluating their skills, values and resources. A Cambridge Educational Production. One 30-minute video and manual.
#25365 Character Education & Development - Everybody Can Do Something (Run time 13 min.) DVD $79.95
Androgena gathers her campaign staff and starts to delegate the jobs she needs done, but there are two friends in the group who don't seem to fit in anywhere. With the help of her teacher, Mrs. Martinez, Andro begins to see that everyone has a special contribution to make to her cause. She uncovers Sam and Reenie's special talents and finds them places within her campaign machine. (13 min.) A Meridian Production.
#25595 Character Education & Development - How to Find a Hero (Run time 16 min.) DVD $79.95
Heroes...individuals with super powers, like Superman...or crimefighters, like Batman? Perhaps our heroes are basketball stars or football legends. But, maybe our heroes are closer to home. In this video, heroes are portrayed as ordinary people who do extraordinary things at pivotal points in time. Their actions are selfless and often happen on the spur of the moment during a crisis. On the other hand, a hero may be the one who bounces back after a tragedy or the person who knows the risks but goes ahead anyway because what he or she does will make a difference. This video tries to define true heroes and the personal characteristics that they share as well as teaching viewers where to look for them. An excellent introduction to a thorny issue. (16 min.) A Meridian Production.
#25768 Character Education & Development - Learning from Your Mistakes (Run time 13 min.) DVD $79.95
Androgena's campaign isn't going too well-everyone seems to be making mistakes and Andro's pitch for the third grade presidency seems doomed. Fortunately, Andro and her campaign team learn some valuable lessons from their own mistakes and are able to get the campaign back on track. (13 min.) A Meridian Production.
#25775 Character Education & Development - Let's Not Fight (Run time 15 min.) DVD $79.95
Androgena and Cassandra have won the final two places in the election for third grade class president, but what happens when the campaign deteriorates into name-calling and physical violence? Watch as Andro and Cassy learn how to exercise self-control and get along with others-even with fierce competition. (15 min.) A Meridian Production.
#26484 Character Education & Development - Taking Responsibility: The Fourth R (Run time 20 min.) DVD $79.95
The election is over, but who's the winner? Androgena or Cassandra? And, who steals whose sweater and accidentally loses it? Tune in to the dramatic conclusion of the series, and learn a necessary lesson in taking responsibility for your actions. The finale of Androgena's campaign reminds kids that our behaviors do affect other people. Also portrays a timely example of dealing with failure. (19 min.) A Meridian Production.
#5492 Character Education & Development - Character 101: Reading, Writing, and Respect (Run time 21 min.) DVD $89.95
This program focuses on the issue of character education in the public schools-who's for it, who's against it, and what some schools are doing about it. Where students come to school apparently without having been taught the elements of right and wrong, not to lie or cheat or steal, to be respectful-values that used to be taught at home-some schools are stepping in to fill the gap. The program shows what some schools are doing to combat vandalism, violence, and cheating; to teach good citizenship and moral behavior; and to answer the questions that students themselves are asking about what it means to be a good person. (21 minutes)
#8071 Character Education & Development - Dealing with Peer Pressure: I Made My Choice (Run time 30 min.) DVD $89.95
The friendships that are formed during adolescence provide teenagers with some of their fondest memories. Friendships can also influence individuals to do things that they normally wouldn't do. Actions that all too often have negative and far-reaching consequences. This informative video utilizes testimonials from students to examine the topic of adolescent peer pressure. It begins by focusing on the detrimental effects that occur by doing something only to be part of the crowd, losing self-control to the group, personal values conflicts, and being judged by the actions of the group. Positive self-esteem and personal decision-making are emphasized as effective methods for dealing with negative peer pressure. Students learn the importance of making their own decisions, setting positive goals that are also realistic, and weighing the consequences of hasty actions. They will also see that the positive feelings acquired by making the right decisions are far greater than the hurt associated with peer group rejection. This video is a must for teachers trying to guide students along the right path during their formative years. A Cambridge Educational Production. One 25-minute video.
#11101 Character Education & Development - Star of My Show: Circus of Self-Esteem (Run time 15 min.) DVD $89.95
Self-doubt and misplaced criticism can lead to lost opportunities for young people. This inspiring program can help teens learn how to appreciate themselves, be accountable for their choices, and act responsibly within their value systems. Assertiveness techniques and skills such as positive self-talk and goal setting are emphasized to show how a positive self-image and a responsible attitude can assist in attaining career and personal goals. A Meridian Production. (15 minutes)
#11267 Character Education & Development - Getting the Story on Social Skills (Run time 18 min.) DVD $89.95
Mike talks with his mouth full, Emma makes weird noises, and Gwen dresses most peculiarly. Even worse, Greg will not share, Barry never smiles, and Chase acts like a bully. In an effort to help these socially challenged students learn to get along with their classmates at Fairfield Junior High, the staff of the school newspaper decides to do a story on social skills. This dramatization uses imaginative interviews and activities to inform viewers on how to improve their manners, grooming, and nonverbal communication while increasing their respect for others. A Meridian Production. (20 minutes)
#11544 Character Education & Development - Everyday Peer Pressure (Run time 28 min.) DVD $89.95
Sometimes positive and sometimes negative, peer pressure is a powerful force for molding behavior. How does it work? This program investigates the dynamics of subtle, overt, and group peer pressure, along with approaches to resisting persuasion to do irresponsible or antisocial things. The importance of reality checks-"Is this what I really want?" "Is this who I am?"-is emphasized. A Cambridge Educational Production. (28 minutes)
#11547 Character Education & Development - Everyday Goals (Run time 29 min.) DVD $89.95
Living life without a goal is like taking a trip without selecting a destination. This program explains the difference between goals and dreams; distinguishes between short- and long-term goals as well as personal, physical, financial, academic, and career goals; and offers strategies for achieving them. The importance of putting goals in writing, setting a timetable, staying focused, and being flexible is stressed. A Cambridge Educational Production. (29 minutes)
#11548 Character Education & Development - Everyday Self-Esteem (Run time 30 min.) DVD $89.95
This program thoroughly describes the concept of self-esteem: what it is, where it comes from, and how to build it, maintain it, and protect it. The power of positive thinking, the importance of a supportive home environment, and the harmful effects of advertising are considered, along with the negative impact of a poor attitude, destructive comments, and unrealistic thoughts of one's own worth. A Cambridge Educational Production. (30 minutes)
#11549 Character Education & Development - Everyday Values (Run time 30 min.) DVD $89.95
People talk a lot about values, but what exactly are they, and how do they work? This program answers both of those questions in detail, discussing how values are formed by upbringing, culture, socialization, and exposure to the media as well as how they function as standards for behavior. The dynamic interplay between individual and group values and the price of adhering to one's values are also explored. A Cambridge Educational Production. (30 minutes)
#11550 Character Education & Development - Everyday Decision-Making (Run time 27 min.) DVD $89.95
This program simplifies the complexities of decision-making by sorting out the various types of decisions: practical and principled, long-term and short-term, conscious and unconscious, and reversible and irreversible. The steps involved in making good decisions are also considered, as well as the importance of learning from mistakes. The bottom line? To err is human, but thoughtful decision-making will greatly reduce the number of mistakes. A Cambridge Educational Production. (27 minutes)
#14513 Character Education & Development - Decisions, Decisions: What's a Teenager to Do! (Run time min.) DVD $89.95
Teenagers face many decisions in high school: whether to go to college or to work; which college or career to choose; whether to get involved with drugs, drinking, or sex; what to wear to a party; whether to study or have fun. Some decisions are minor, others major; some easy, others hard. Despite these differences, all are decided using the same process. Many factors influence the final outcome (family, friends, society, media, and maturity) and all of these factors are filtered through the value system throughout life. Decisions, Decisions presents a thorough model to assist students in making responsible judgments. Identifying the problem and gathering all the data necessary to make a decision is the first step of the process. The second step is to examine the options and weigh the consequences of each. Next, make a decision and accept responsibility for the consequences of the choice. The final step-crucial but often ignored-is to evaluate the decision (should it be changed or not?) and to learn from it. Everyone makes mistakes, but many mistakes can be corrected. This straightforward video program emphasizes that having a clearly defined and understood set of values can make decisions easier. A Cambridge Educational Production. One 22-minute video.
#25085 Character Education & Development - Accepting Responsibility: Confessions of a Formerly Irresponsible Junior (Run time 21 min.) DVD $89.95
An interesting format and a personable teen host make this program a great one for teaching the basics of responsibility to young people. Katie, the show's host, tells the viewer her own story of being irresponsible-little things like making her friends wait for her while she gets ready for school or not taking the garbage out, even though her mother asks her 23 times. She also shares her experience with being irresponsible in a bigger way-not wearing adequate protection while rollerblading-and the disastrous effect it had on her life. The broken leg Katie gets from her rollerblading accident keeps her laid up for quite a while and gives her a lot of time to think. With help from her friends (and a cool nurse at the hospital), Katie creates a formula for improving responsibility-Thought (T2) multiplied by Actions (A), divided by Time (t) equals Results (R). Katie's accident and this formula get her onto a responsible track, to the delight of her friends, her parents, and herself. (20 min.) A Meridian Production.
#25646 Character Education & Development - Imposter! Unmasking Intolerance (Run time 14 min.) DVD $89.95
Sometimes life seems a little like a costume party where everyone wears a different mask to fit the situation. Young people will discover that it's not easy to really know someone, and the outside doesn't really tell you what a person's like on the inside. Our viewers are also reminded that most individuals have the same basic needs and desires, and deserve to be treated with respect regardless of differing values, beliefs, and practices. When we feel positive about ourselves, we are more likely to be receptive to feelings and opinions different from our own. A Meridian Production. (15 min.)
#24704 Character Education & Development - Diversity (Run time min.) DVD $119.9
This two-part series helps children learn to accept the similarities and differences among their peers, and provides concrete suggestions for creating a natural and comfortable atmosphere in the classroom and for handling questions, fears and prejudices that may arise. A Meridian Production.
#26277 Character Education & Development - Self-Esteem in School-Age Children (Run time min.) DVD $135.95
This television studio production developed by the Educational Technologies Division of Virginia Tech covers the three components of self (self-concept, self-esteem, and self-control) and depicts desirable and undesirable ways to affect the self-esteem of the children in your care. (25 min.)
#32626 Character Education & Development - Passion and Discipline: Don Quixote's Lessons for Leadership (Run time 70 min.) DVD $149.95
What lessons can Cervantes' romantic knight from La Mancha offer the bottom-line world of today? Based on Professor Emeritus James G. March's acclaimed course at the Stanford University School of Business, this program creatively examines how Quixote's kind of self-knowledge might serve modern leadership. Narrated by Professor March, the program parallels episodes from Quixote's adventures with illustrative examples in the modern world-from former President Richard Nixon and Martin Luther King, Jr., to Bill Gates and Hewlett-Packard. Engaging interviews with contemporary leaders drawn from business, government, and education are interwoven with archival footage of historic leaders who demonstrate imagination, perseverance in the face of adversity, and joy in work. (70 minutes)
#39226 Character Education & Development - Fitting In or Standing Out? Conformity in Childhood (Run time 60 min.) DVD $149.95
As children begin school and other new experiences, what happens to the values, behavior, and expectations they have learned at home? Why do so many young people follow the crowd? And when does conformity become a bad thing? This program explores those questions, visiting a group of 25 seven-year-olds who are learning to cope with peer groups and situations. Children and parents are given tasks to see who conforms and who is comfortable standing out, even when personal convictions are under pressure. Subjects watch film clips of older children and are asked to copy them; clips of party scenes are also shown, eliciting opinions about what it would be like to attend. Finally, a Q&A game challenges kids to speak their minds when presented with obviously wrong answers. A BBC/Open University Co-production. Original broadcast title: Fitting In or Standing Out. Part of the series Child of Our Time 2007. (60 minutes)
#24701 Character Education & Development - Androgena's Campaign: Elementary Skill-Building - Getting Along (Run time min.) DVD $319.8
This video series gives kids the information and skills they need to get along with one another and to become better people themselves. The innovative and energetic plot focuses on Androgena's campaign to be elected third grade class president. Androgena and her friends, including Cassandra, the class bully, learn valuable lessons about honesty, personal responsibility, interpersonal relationships, and learning from their mistakes through the course of this dynamic series. (Grades K-4.) A Meridian Production.
#14372 Character Education & Development - Personal Development (Run time min.) DVD $349.75
This five-part series focuses on the practical steps young people can take to overcome stress, shyness, and self-esteem problems. The series also examines healthly vs. unhealthy personality types, and addresses values. A Cambridge Educational Production.5-part series, 21-24 minutes each.
#11546 Character Education & Development - Everyday Character Development (Run time min.) DVD $449.75
Is your self-esteem too high, too low, or just right? Do your actions reflect your values? How do you tell good peer pressure from bad peer pressure? Are the decisions you make bringing you closer to or further from your goals? This five-part series will help viewers address these issues by discussing simple, everyday ways to develop and maintain Goals, Self-Esteem, Values, and Decision-Making Skills, and deal with Peer Pressure. Interviews with experts and students show the importance of these five issues in daily life. Definitions, cultural history, and short- and long-term ramifications are covered to make viewers more aware and deliberate in the choices they make. These informative programs will show individuals how their everyday behavior will shape their future. A Cambridge Educational Production. 5-part series, 27-30 minutes each.