Daily Schedule

  • ETHICAL MONDAYS (Teacher-led instruction, student learning conversations, student engaged seat work, teacher--facilitating).
    • Bell-ringer, Trait Definition, & Quote Introduction of the character trait to get students engaged. Students are given quotes that relate to the trait from people throughout history, and then asked to provide background and context.  We want to make the definition relevant to students' lives.  We want them to personalize it. 
    • Ethical Dilemma.  Students will be given a real-world scenario that pushes them to use critical thinking skills, problem-solve, and understand the consequences of their actions.  Students will initially write their answers down, but will then discuss their opinion of the dilemma with the class so they will hear many different perspectives.
    • Character Trait Presentation.  Students will be given information related to the topic/trait of the week by the teacher. In addition to notes taken from the period of teacher-led instruction, visuals and handouts will also be provided to the students.
  • TINSELTOWN TUESDAYS (Student engaged seat work, student learning conversations, teacher engaged--facilitating)
      • Character MoviesStudents are shown movie clips from specific scenes that demonstrate the character trait of the week. Students will be given questions for each movie to generate their class discussions. 
      • Video Clip Questions Assignment.  Students will be asked to answer questions over the movie.
    • ROLE MODEL WEDNESDAYS (Student engaged seat work, teacher engaged--facilitating). 
      • Core readings about role models who exhibit the trait of the week.  Students will read about role models from both genders, various cultural backgrounds, contemporary people, and historic figures. Students will be asked to define examples of character traits from the role model's story. 
      • Role Models Quiz.  Students will be given a quiz over the role model of the week.
      • Local Community Role Models.  On some occasions role models from the community will come in and present their story to the students. Students will be asked to define examples of character traits from the role model's story. 
    • LEADERSHIP THURSDAYS (Teacher-led instruction, student learning conversations).
      • 21st Century Skill Students will learn one basic skill a week.  Basic skills emphasize the behavioral, social, and emotional aspect of the week.  We want to provide students with a skill set they can use on a daily basis to build relationships, balance their emotions, get hired, reduce stress, avoid substance abuse, and resolve conflict.
      • Leadership Principle.  Students will learn a leadership principle, technique or behavior each week, which will instruct them on how to direct people to accomplish tasks without behaving like a tyrant.  Students will comprehend how to assign people tasks, evaluate them, and coach them while still maintaining their respect.
      • Current Event (Hot Topic)Students will be asked to bring a current event to class for discussion.  The current event should demonstrate the character trait or leadership principle of the week.  Students will then write a Hot Topic paper to be turned in on Thursday.  A rubric of expectations for the paper will be given to students by the teacher. 
    • FIELD TRIP FRIDAYS (Project Based Learning).
      • Field Trip.  Once every two months students will go on a field trip in an outdoor education setting.  Students will work on team-building, problem-solving, and collaboration.
      • Opinion PaperOn Mondays students will be presented with information regarding a specific character trait.  At the conclusion of the week (Friday) students will be asked to summarize their opinions on the weekly character trait by turning in an Opinion Paper.  A rubric of expectations for the paper will be given to students by the teacher.  Students may substitute for the paper with an alternate project pending instructor approval. 

    Semester Test:  Formal Paper (Project Based Learning).

    Capstone Project:  Action Plan for SuccessStudents will develop a personal philosophy by communicating how they will approach living their life.  They will explain how their thoughts, beliefs, and principles will guide them in future affairs.  This presentation will act as each student's semester test.  A rubric of expectations will be given to students for both the paper, and the presentation.

    What Makes This Class Cool & Different? 

    Courtesy of Character Development & Leadership Curriculum, Dr. Hoebel (Michigan St. University):  http://www.characterandleadership.com/

    § This class is all about helping you become successful at school, in your relationships and in your future career.

    § As opposed to other classes, the topics in this class apply directly to your life.  This class is all about you!

    o Business leaders, coaches and educators spend thousands of dollars each year to learn about these topics (leadership, ethics & success).

    o You get to learn about these topics right now, improving the chances of your own success.

    §  You will read about a different role model each week who has become successful and also demonstrated great character.

    §  Segments from movies each week.

    § Everybody has the potential to earn an A.

    o  Read 1 chapter per week

    o  Complete 1 written assignment per week

    o Demonstrate good character

    The grading scale is listed below in pdf format.

    Tim Chesnut,
    Dec 30, 2015, 11:46 AM
    Tim Chesnut,
    Dec 30, 2015, 11:35 AM