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David Spencer's Education Paragon is a free educational resource portal helping David Spencer's secondary school students, their parents and teaching colleagues with understanding, designing, applying and delivering assessment, curriculum, educational resources, evaluation and literacy skills accurately and effectively. This wiki features educational resources for Indigenous Aboriginal education, field trips for educators, law and justice education, music education and outdoor, environmental and experiential education. Since our web site launch on September 27, 2006, online site statistics and web rankings indicate there are currently 1,888 pages and 20,185,651 page views using 7.85 Gig of bandwidth per month. Pages are written, edited, published and hosted by Brampton, Ontario, Canada based educator David Spencer. On social media, you may find David as @DavidSpencerEdu on Twitter, as DavidSpencerdotca on and DavidSpencer on Prezi. Please send your accolades, feedback and resource suggestions to David Spencer. Share on social media with the hashtag #EducationParagon. Thank you for visiting. You may contact David Spencer here.

The following resources are helpful to parents and teachers:

  1. Book: Supporting Successful Transition from Primary to Secondary School by Tina Rae (2014)
  2. Book: Book: Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv (2008)
  3. Book: Digital Tools for Teaching: 30 E-tools for Collaborating, Creating, and Publishing across the Curriculum by Steve Johnson (2013)
  4. DVD video: Canadian Popular Music in the '60's, '70's & '80's by EMI Music Canada (2012)
  5. DVD video: Canada: A People's History produced by Mark Starowicz (2001).
  6. Book: Fire in the Bones: Bill Mason and the Canadian Canoeing Tradition by James Raffan (1999)

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Virtue Poster


A virtue is a characteristic of a person which supports individual moral excellence and collective well being. Such characteristics are valued as a principle and recognized as a good way to be. See a list of virtues from the The Virtues Project™.

The Virtues Project™ was founded in Canada in 1991 by Linda Kavelin-Popov, Dr. Dan Popov and John Kavelin. It was honored by the United Nations during the International Year of the Family as a "model global program for families of all cultures". Download a family virtues poster (PDF). The Virtues Project™ helps parents to awaken the qualities of character that exist in potential in their children. By speaking the language of virtues, setting virtues-based boundaries and recognizing teachable moments, we bring out the best in our children -- and ourselves. We become mentors helping our children to become compassionate, courageous, respectful, confident and purposeful. The greatest gift we can give our children is the authentic self-esteem that comes from developing their virtues -- becoming contributors rather than consumers. The world needs people willing to take personal responsibility. Let it be this generation.

Virtues of Kindness

As suggested by Authors.

  1. Kindness - regard for those who are within an individual's ability to help
  2. Generosity - giving to those in need
  3. Forgiveness - willingness to overlook transgressions made against you
  4. Compassion - empathy and understanding for the suffering of others

Virtues of Self Control

As suggested by Authors.

  1. Ambition - self-control regarding one's goals
  2. Contentment - self-control regarding one's possessions and the possessions of others; acknowledgement and satisfaction of reaching capacity
  3. Curiosity - self-control regarding knowledge
  4. Continence - self-control regarding bodily functions
  5. Frugality (also Thrift) - self-control regarding the material lifestyle
  6. Industry - self-control regarding play, recreation and entertainment
  7. Temperance - self-control regarding pleasure
  8. Temper - self-control regarding anger

Virtues of Regard

As suggested by Authors.

  1. Fair-mindedness - concern that all get their due (including oneself) in cooperative arrangements of mutual benefit
  2. Tolerance - willingness to allow others to lead a life based on a certain set of beliefs differing from ones own
  3. Truthfulness/Honesty - telling someone what you know to be true in the context of a direct inquiry

Virtues of Respect

As suggested by Authors.

  1. Humility - respect for one's limitations
  2. Respect - regard for the worth of others
  3. Self respect - regard for the worth of oneself
  4. Social virtues: Politeness, Charisma, Unpretentiousness, Friendliness, Sportsmanship, Cleanliness

Virtues of self-efficacy

As suggested by Authors.

  1. Courage - willingness to do the right thing in the face of danger, pain, significant harm or risk
  2. Patience - ability to delay or wait for what is desired
  3. Perseverance - courageous patience, integrity
  4. Persistence - ability to achieve objective regardless of obstacles

Teaching Responsibility

  1. Teaching Responsibility from a Meredith Corporation.
  2. I Will Not Cheat Pledge from
  3. How to Teach Your Child to Stop Making Excuses and Start Taking Responsibility by James Lehman, MSW on
  4. 10 Ways To Teach Your Children To Be Honest from