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Each lesson plan uses a broadcast message as a springboard. Consider setting aside time one day per week to both broadcast this message and implement the corresponding lesson plan. These tools work really well for weekly advisory, character education, extended homerooms, life skills, or enrichment classes.
Choose to take 10, 20, 30 or more minutes with this content, depending on your schedule or needs. These plans have several components: 1) broadcast message (read-aloud), 2) discussion generators, 3) grade-level or content-specific follow-up activities, and 4) worksheets for secondary-level students.
Incorporate these materials into a variety of content areas. Each secondary-level lesson plan includes follow-up activities for art, language arts, social studies, math, science, and computer science.
When appropriate, these messages can provide an excellent opportunity for a student to apply his or her spoken language skills by speaking in front of an audience (the classroom or the entire school via the PA or in-house television network.)
If you choose to read to your class the message that is the springboard for each of these plans, it can help establish your role as character educator in the classroom.
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Use the discussion generators to help students think through the meaning of the message as well as consider the everyday applicability. These discussions can help students learn to communicate more effectively and appropriately, while using their critical thinking skills.
If you have limited time to devote to this content, you can take as little as 10 minutes to read the message and spend another few minutes discussing the content of the message.
Worksheet (Secondary-level Only)
Use the worksheets as an opportunity for students to reflect. Reflection is a key component of any effective character education. These worksheets are intended to allow for reflection, critical thinking, and an opportunity to demonstrate the ability to comprehend, interpret, and evaluate information and to apply their written language skills.
Use in Counseling
When appropriate, counselors can use the messages, themes, and character words in counseling sessions. ("Self-Worth: Dealing with Our Anger" - Remember our theme this week? There are better ways to deal with anger. Would you like for me to help you with that?)
Another key component of any effective character education is integration into the daily curriculum and classroom experience. Each lesson plan includes follow-up activities which are intended to take the character lesson and apply it more specifically to either grade levels (elementary) or content areas (secondary). If your school is organized into clusters, groups, or teams of teachers, work together for the most effective use of these activities.
Project Wisdom's third-party research indicates that using the Weekly Journals improve results. These are great tools for discipline, classroom management, or simple encouragement. These easy-to-access journal pages allow students to reflect on their choices, attitudes, and behaviors.
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