“Character Minutes” encourages teachers to make use of small amounts of time to emphasize the importance of character at work, school, home and in society. Schools and teachers plan for the school year by assigning, then implementing one character trait a month. "Character Minutes" can be implemented during:
• Opening class bell ringers
• Closing class minutes
• Employability or Soft skills units
• Student organization programs
• Common hour where all teachers emphasize character in one class period
• Professional Development and Workforce Staging courses
• Encore classes and Student Advisement groups
• As well as a variety of other classroom opportunities
Each unit includes scenarios that relate to "real world" work and life experiences to better prepare students for their future in the world of work as well as to help them become productive members of society.
Why Character Minutes?
The Character Minutes and Ethical Minutes Planned Learning Experiences provide students with practice tools for making good character decisions. It also provides opportunities for teachers and administrators to open the door and have conversations about character. The creative avenues in the planned learning experiences include activities and scenarios that allow for discussion and application of character traits that can have a lasting impact on a student’s life. The planned learning experiences are also designed to provide the application of critical thinking skills that are also greatly needed by today’s students. Character Minutes and Ethical Minutes uses a variety of:
- Introductory Activities with Objectives
- Journal topics
- Closing Activities