- What can you do to finish the year strong related to character and values?
- Is there one of the projects that you could do or modify to work with your students?
- What would your students say has been examples of where they have seen the integration of character and values into your class? The school?
- Why is it important for our school to intentionally and explicitly teach character?
End of Year Ideas
- Make a top 10 list – Have students reflect on their best learning experiences during their time with you.
- Compliments and kindness – The teacher types up the compliments and students then cut up visuals and quotes from Way To Go Journals to elaborate on their personal memory.
- Write your students a letter – Write each class a letter as to where academics and character has been a part of all you did this past year.
- Student-created videos – Have students work in groups to write a script that can be used to create a student-developed video on character, values or a specific pillar.
- Host a talk show or “expert” symposium – Imagine an Oprah-style show on kindness, addressing school violence, or the necessary life skills to be effective in the workplace.
- Create a class scrapbook – Let each student make a page. Offer some prompts that relate to character and what they learned this past school year.
- Student developed visuals and quotes – Have students work in groups to find their own visual and quote using the example of the Way To Go Journal.
- Community service project= – Have students develop their own plan for a community or school-based project.
- Students write letters to themselves – Ask your students to write themselves a letter, reviewing the year and making “resolutions” for the next school year.
- Ad campaign – To create a culture of character or digital citizenship as examples.
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