This engaging and practical book by CHARACTER COUNTS! Master Trainer Gary Smit was developed to assist parents, educators and youth leaders in the intentional and explicit teaching of character. You’ll discover “Touchstones of Character” or key beliefs for Common Core and 21st century skills, explicitly crafted to assist in creating or enhancing an existing character program. These beliefs, values and character traits are conveyed in a unique and incomparable resource with 240 inspiring quotations, hundreds of strategies to link values and character traits directly and intentionally with academic content, 96 constructive and experiential hands-on games and activities, and over a hundred stories and links to video clips shared as vicarious experiences for your students.What makes this book timely and relevant for students is that there is direct teaching content on 16 values, skills and character traits. In short, “Instilling Touchstones of Character” provides you with a flexible, ready-to-use guide for teaching children and young people to understand and apply values and character traits to their everyday lives.