Theme Weeks

Cracking Character

We are delighted to launch this year’s theme week: Cracking Character

“Nearly all men can stand adversity but if you want to test a man’s character give him Power”
Abraham Lincoln

This week, we are challenging you to provide opportunities in your classes to give students power. We would like you to encourage your students to take on roles of responsibility and also character related challenges that will test their character and push their resolve to the limit. We have compiled some easy lesson suggestions to inspire you but we also lots more challenging activities for you to try so please come and talk to us as we are always happy to help!

Confidence – Award points in your lesson for students who complete different confidence activities. Put your hand up to answer a question = 1 point. Demonstrate something in front of the class = 2 points. Read out/present your work = 3 points. Reward the student with the most points at the end of the lesson.

Resilience – Set the class a no help challenging task that you would normally scaffold. Give each student a starting number of points, every time they ask for help/need a cheat sheet, take a point away. Reward the student at the end of the task with the most points.

Aspiration – Set all pupils an aspirational challenge (linked to taught content) at the start of the lesson that you would not expect them to normally achieve. Encourage pupils in any free time to attempt the aspirational challenge. Reward any pupils that attempt the challenge.

Initiative – Make it clear at the start of the lesson why the content of the lesson is important (for life/exam). After teaching normally, set a task that will take pupils 5 minutes but give them at least 15 minutes. Have a range of extension/extra tasks on the board/at front of the room. Reward all the pupils that complete the extra tasks without being asked.

Tolerance – Assign pupils to groups for a group work tasks that you think they will find it difficult to work in. Give one student in each group the role of devil’s advocate. Reward students who are tolerant and complete the group task effectively.

Integrity – Award points in your lesson for students who complete different integrity activities. Offering to help give something out OR owning up when they have done something wrong = 1 point.  Standing up for/supporting others if they get something wrong/are being teased = 2 points. Help others with their work when they are struggling = 3 points. Reward the student with the most points at the end of the lesson. 

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