Virtue of the Month
Fairness is treating others in a way that does not favor any person over another. When you are being fair, you play by the rules, take turns and don’t take advantage of others.
How to be a Fair Person
- Treat people the way you want to be treated
- Take turns
- Tell the truth
- Play by the rules
- Consider the feelings of others and how your actions will affect others
- Give everyone an equal opportunity to succeed
- Cooperate with one another
- Celebrate the uniqueness and value of everyone
- Listen to people’s ideas or input with an open mind
- Don't blame others for your mistakes
- Don't take advantage of other people
- Don't play favorites
- Discuss the class rules for fairness during activities or projects. Perhaps they can be posted in a place where your students will see them often.
- Watch a movie or read a book and discuss with your students about fair and unfair behaviors and explain how being a fair person leads to good friendships and positive interpersonal relationships.
- Remember that you are a powerful role model for your students. If you treat people fairly, that is what your students will learn from you.
Suggested Classroom Discussions:
- Think of a time where you thought something was unfair. Tell me about it. Was it fixed? How?
- In every situation, is it possible to be fair to every person? Why or why not?
- Is fair always equal (the same)? Are there times where fair is not the same?
- How do you feel when you are playing a game with someone that is not playing fair? What are some things you can do?