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Acting Out

One Virtue at a Time
Published: June 19, 2020

Which activity is more likely to help students remember to respect adults: hearing their teacher lecture to them about being respectful, or watching her dance to Aretha Franklin's Respect?

If you're like Lynette Roehrig, you'd say the latter. Roehrig, a reading specialist at Paw Paw Later Elementary School in Paw Paw, Michigan, has danced to Respect and given other memorable performances with her colleagues. It's all part of their school's virtues program, which uses in-class activities and schoolwide assemblies to make talking about good behavior fun.

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