My general classroom guidance framework for character trait lessons is:
- Introduce the Objective of the Lesson
- Collection of Pre-test Data
- Video or Book to model the character trait
- Comprehension check with my students
- Application of knowledge in an activity
Now, I typically use a quick multiple choice question as a pre/post test. I ask students to vote on the definition they think fits best with the character trait word. Younger students have three multiple choice answers and older students have four multiple choice answers. You'll see the Perseverance example I used with first and second graders. I add variety by having the students do different activities to share their answers. Depending on the grade level, students will stand up for the answer they think is correct, go to the corner of the room that matches the letter they are choosing, place sticky notes next to the answer they like best, or simply put their heads down and raise their hands for their choice. After our lesson, I repeat the activity and note the change in numbers. It is a fast, effective way to document data for each of my classroom guidance lessons.
Here's a brief summary of a couple of my Perseverance lessons:
First and Second Grades
I read Winners Never Quit by Mia Hamm.
Then, I introduced a kinesthetic activity to get the students moving. I brought my glitter soccer ball (a big hit with the kids!) and we formed a large circle. I started by asking the students what skills may be hard to learn in first and second grades. We rolled the ball among us as students brainstormed. Then, I asked students what they wanted to be great at by the end of the year using the same process. After brainstorming, the students worked on creating a "Reaching My Goal" booklet. They drew illustrations for the pre-written pages (will add picture soon).
After getting pre-test data in third grade, my co-counselor began with a rhythm activity. She started out with a simple clapping rhythm that the kids mimicked. Then, she added complexity to the rhythm with new patterns. (I was able to get an action shot for you!) By the end, it was almost impossible for the students to follow along. She related the increased difficulty to Perseverance in third grade. We showed this video from Greatschools.org. It used the word "Persistence" instead of Perseverance, but we explained the similarities. The kids loved and understood the drumming analogy since we had just completed our rhythm activity. Finally, the students brainstormed skills that could be difficult in third grade, and they completed a Goal Setting sheet (see below).