Leading a Character Professional Learning Session in Your School
Here is a suggested session program aimed at building the understanding of staff about Character.
Duration: ~45 minutes
Professional Learning Activity Suggestions:
1. Introduce the Session
"“If you don’t succeed, try try again.” Audri
The aims of this session are to:
- Build staff understanding of what one of the 6Cs: Character means in the context of NPDL
- Explore ways in which deeper collaboration can be incorporated into teaching and learning
2. Use film prompts
Use a film to provide a quick, sharp focus for the PL session. (The suggested timings for the session will change, depending on the film you choose.) Here are a couple of suggestions:
Carol Dweck - A Study on Praise and Mindsets
Audri's Rube Goldberg Monster Trap
3. Small Group Discussion
After viewing of the three films, ask staff to break into small groups. Use these discussion points to prompt the small group discussion:
- How does praise work in our classroom practice?
- How do we support our students to have a growth mindset and be open to new learning?
- Thinking about Audri and his willingness to ‘fail’, and the “famous failures” depicted in the film, how can we change the way we look at failing within our classrooms and promote risk taking for our students?
- How do we demonstrate and model growth mindset in our own practice?
- What can we do to promote deeper, more resilient learning in the students in our classrooms?
- What strategies might we use next?
4. Whole Group Discussion
Using the discussion prompts to assist you, elicit responses from the whole group.
Focus on changes that can be made in the classroom to further promote character.
5. Wrap it up
Finish with one leading question for staff to think about: Following today’s PL session, what are YOU going to do Monday, to help build Character and promote deep learning in your class?
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