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A WEEK OF EMPATHY
Send a text message to a friend who is “ready for” a question from each level and tell them you are working on learning more about the people you care about. A low level question might go to an acquiantence. A deep level question might go to a best friend or family member.
Post a question from Level Two or Level Three on your social media and allow people to share. Take time to respond if you are able.
Print out or write out a question from each Level on a single sheet of paper. Post it where you work or study in a public space and title the page, “Try One of These Today!”
Have coffee or tea with a friend and bring all 100 questions with you. Tell them to pick three they want to answer and three they want to ask you.
Host a meal at your house. Have a question from each level correspond with a course. Snacks = Level One, Appetizer = Level Two, Entree = Level Three, Dessert = Level Four. Call it a “Meaningful Meal.”
Pick up the phone and call a family member that you don’t talk to often. See if, over the course of the conversation, you can arrive at at Level Four question.
Choose a question from each level and journal about your personal answers on paper or in a document.
Level 1 Questions:
1. Are you usually early or late?
2. When was the last time you climbed a tree?
3. If you could turn any activity into an Olympic sport, what would you win a medal at?
4. What skill would you like to master?
5. What game or movie universe would you most like to live in?
6. What’s the best way to start the day?
7. What is your favorite sound?
Level 2 Questions:
1. If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?
2. What job would you be terrible at?
3. If you had unlimited funds to build a house that you would live in for the rest of your life, what would the finished house be like?
4. What takes up too much of your time?
5. What are small things that make your day better?
6. What age do you wish you could permanently be?
7. There are two types of people in this world. What are the two types?
Level 3 Questions:
1. What is the thing that tests your willpower?
2. What is one thing you love about your culture or ethnicity?
3. How different was your life one year ago?
4. What is the best compliment you’ve received?
5. What did you think you would grow out of but haven’t?
6. What are some personal rules that you never break?
7. Where do you feel most present?
Level 4 Questions:
1. Who inspires you to be better and why?
2. In what situation or place would you feel the most out of place in?
3. What makes a good life?
4. What do you hope your last words will be?
5. What’s the title of the current chapter of your life?
6. What do you “owe” yourself?
7. Tell me about a day you had that you’ll never forget.
1-6 hour professional development focusing on our signature CharacterStrong Culture model - a working foundation of clear and common purpose for this work, building and clarifying the competencies necessary for staff and student success, and giving practical and consistent opportunities for the practice of this content so it becomes a part of the daily fabric of your school.
Fast-paced, interactive, and filled with ideas and resources that your staff can put into action RIGHT NOW - it will be a PD day that your campus or district won’t forget!
Our Advisory Curriculum is vertically-aligned grades 6-12 with over 200 powerful, 30-minute lessons focusing on social-emotional skills, character development, and community building.
Advisory Curriculum (6-8) - Samples
- Grade 6, L11: Growth Mindset – Part One
- Grade 7, L03: Introduce the CharacterDare
- Grade 8, L17: Empathy – Part One
Advisory Curriculum (9-12) - Samples
- Grade 9, L03: Personality vs Character
- Grade 10, L09: Emotional Intelligence – Motivation
- Grade 11, L11: Civil Discourse – Types of Communication
- Grade 12, L22: Life List Introduction
Our Leadership Curriculum was built in the trenches by a former activities advisor with a focus on character and servant-leadership. 90, 60-minute lessons.
Leadership Curriculum - Samples
- Unit 2, L07: My Life of Selfishness
- Unit 3, L01: Leadership Defined
- Unit 3, L02: Active Listening – Part One
- Unit 4, L06: Power vs Influence