What Is The Advisory Curriculum?
The advisory or homeroom curriculum is flexible, relevant, and easy-to-use with 35 lessons for each grade at the middle school level and 25 lessons for each grade at the high schools. Lessons include videos, activities, projectable images, and more. Built for any teacher to be able to click-and-go with little-to-no prep needed! A simple way to support the whole child and transform your school climate by teaching social & emotional skills, character development, everyday leadership, community building, and relationship skills.
What do the Lessons look like?
This sample contains six lessons from Unit 2 - A discussion about the difference between Personality and Character (a distinction few teenagers - or even adults - clearly understand!). Martin Luther King, Jr. and Hitler had similar personality types, but very different character! Every lesson is thoughtfully designed to be super accessible and user friendly with no extra prep time or work needed from your teachers.
Lesson 1: Character Introduction - an introduction to different ways to think about character & personality.
Lesson 2: The CharacterDare - a conversation about habit development and the beginning of the CharacterDare - a full year of daily, practical, character exercise.
Lesson 3: Personality Types Part 1 - students will take a short personality inventory and begin to talk about how personality drives their behaviors.
Lesson 4: Personality Types Part 2 - explore class dynamics by seeing the various personalities represented the various strengths and weaknesses of each.
Lesson 5: Personality Types Part 3 - how do these types of personalities interact? What does that mean for this group of people?
Lesson 6: CharacterDare Reflection Day - after a full week of CharacterDares, we take a moment to reflect on the successes and struggles and look toward our commitments for the next week.
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We want to make sure you have everything you need to present CharacterStrong to your staff, your admin, or your district. Please, don't hesitate to contact us if you need something else or additional information! Below you can download documents that go over different models this curriculum is being used in, the scope and sequence, curriculum overview, and a curriculum breakdown.
A speaker once remarked that he had asked an audience of 6,000 students at a leadership conference in California, “How many of you have had a parent or guardian in the last month ask you the question ‘What did you do for others today?’” No students raised their hands. A month later the same speaker came to Washington State and asked approximately 1,500 students at a conference the same question and only two raised their hands. This question needs to be asked daily to our youth and to ourselves! But if the question must be asked, then there needs to be a curriculum that will teach students ways in which they may answer the question - in positive ways and with examples! That is the purpose of CharacterStrong Curriculums.
The CharacterStrong Advisory Curriculum will:
- Teach students strong leadership, character building, and social & emotional skills to better prepare them for life today and in the future.
- Give teachers the opportunity to connect with their students, forming a positive relationship through quality conversations and lessons.
Teaching strong leadership and character skills (SEL) to better prepare students for life today and in the future:
In 2014, Character Lab Research Director Andrew Sokatch gave a TED Talk on the importance of teaching character in education. He states that if we only teach traditional academics to students, we are only providing them with half of what they need to be successful. Sokatch has a sobering yet attainable message regarding the education of today's youth. While test scores and the reading, writing, math, science behind them are important, we are not properly and wholly educating students if we aren't also teaching character. Sokatch argues that character can and should be taught in schools - noting grit, persistence, self-control, courage, and humor, as critical life skills for successful employment, relationships, and citizenship.