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Digital Interactive LFL Resources

What are the features of LFL?

A. How does it work?

Lessons consist of three to five activities that do not necessarily need to be done at the same time. With 60 to 71 hard copy lessons and 18 to 36 digital lessons, teachers can present lessons at a specified time (weekly, semiweekly, or biweekly) or when needed—if a situation arises such as cheating, fighting, or disrespect.

When using the digital program, students should complete the entire lesson, but it doesn’t have to be in one sitting. Teachers can present the digital, Smart Board–compatible lesson to the class, students can access the lesson on individual classroom computers (for schools with one-to-one computer capability), or students can access the program in a computer lab. Teachers also have the flexibility to choose which activities they would like to do. If working with the whole class, a teacher can combine digital and hard copy activities into the lesson. There are many great hands-on activities (role plays, games, discussions, storybook readings, art activities, etc.) that are not part of the digital program.

Digital activities require extended responses from the students and provide them with language arts/creative writing practice. Responses may also be kept in a Learning for Life journal. A teacher could present one lesson from the teacher’s guide throughout the week and then have the students complete the digital version of that lesson at home or in the school computer lab at the end of the week.

B. How much time does it take?

As much or as little time as needed or desired. The program is extremely flexible. Teachers can present one activity on one day and the second activity on another. Lesson activities can even be incorporated into another lesson plan—such as playing the sixth-grade “Famous People and Their Contributions” concentration game during social studies or reviewing the math problems from the family–home activity in the second-grade “Pet Care” lesson during math class.

C. Who teaches the lessons?

Lessons may be taught by teachers, counselors, trained parents, volunteers, or staff to fit the needs of each individual school.

D. Access from Home

The digital program is Web-based and may be accessed from home by both teachers and students.

E. Common Core State Standards

The Learning for Life program for grades 3–8 incorporates many of the English–language arts (ELA) standards within the lessons. Learning for Life lessons enable students to practice the standards on which they will be tested. Many lessons include math, science, and social studies activities that reinforce tested skills.  This applies in the State of Texas.

F. 21st-century Initiatives

These are the three R’s (reading, ’riting, ’rithmetic) and four C’s (critical thinking and problem solving; communication; collaboration; and creativity and innovation).  Texas do not have state 21st-century initiatives. Many other states have designed new standards, assessments, and professional development programs that ensure 21st-century readiness for each student.  Learning for Life incorporates reading, writing, critical thinking/problem solving, communication, collaboration (partner activities), creativity, and some math skills into most of its lessons.

G. Recognitions

1. Stickers and charts—Recently updated and available for grades K–6 and Champions. Stickers go on charts that can be posted in the classroom or hallway, or stickers may be given individually to students to put on their binders, folders, etc.

2. Medals—Award of excellence for participation and achievement.

3. Digital certificate—Awarded after completion of all lessons in a module (each individual character trait). Students can print the certificate from their computers.

4. Curriculum-based awards—These include the Classroom Character Education Quality Award; Russell C. Hill Award for outstanding contributions to character education; Vivian Harris Award for outstanding contributions to special-needs programs; National Accreditation Award for Special-Needs Groups; Seventh and Eighth Grade Award of Excellence (requirements include participating in a community service project, researching a famous American, and investigating a career); Character Award of Excellence (requires 50 hours of community service as well as an essay on the importance of good character in daily life); and National Accreditation Award for Senior High Groups.

H. Family take-home activities

These activities are available with each character education lesson (pre-K–6) and each Prevention of Substance Abuse lesson (K–6). The character-building homework activities reinforce the LFL lesson taught in the classroom and engage parents in their child’s learning.

I.  What does the Digital Learning for Life program cost?

The Learning for Life program offers FREE initial training and ongoing support of key teachers and administrators within our partner schools.  Pricing for the Digital interactive program for the 2016-2017 school year is $7.00 per student.    

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