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Grade 7 Calendar
T1: The Science of Character
Make sure you watch the video below, introducing you to the 24 character traits of successful people (the graphic is also included below, for your reference:
In G7 this year, we will focus on 10 of these traits:
After watching the video, consider:
- What do you remember from watching the character strengths video?
- What questions/ connections can you make after watching the video?
Reflect on the talk given by Ismael Beah in assembly:
* think about what he shared, what stood out to you?
* what surprised you?
* what worried you/ made you think?
* what did you find interesting/ what inspired you?
Consider key points in his life; what character strength(s) does he show? How does he show it? What is his impact on those around him? Record your thoughts in your journal.
Suggest: If you had to write a headline about Beah and his character, what would it say?
T2: Continuing the Science of Character
In trimester 1, you were introduced to the idea of developing your own character strengths and recognizing them in others. You focused child advocate Ismael Beah then but now, you focus on you.
Brief: working in a small group within your advisory, create a static image (poster) to define one of the 10 character traits of successful people by connecting it to the experience of G7 students
* You collaborated effectively with a small group, making good use of the time available
* Each group member contributed equally
* Your final product helps other G7 students to understand the meaning of the character trait by connecting it with their own lives and experiences (*you will be sharing your poster with another advisory group*)
* Your final product is presented neatly on 8.5x11 or 11x 17 size paper
* Font style, color and point size means that text is legible and easy to read from the other side of the hallway (if relevant)
* Images used are original creations and, when not, the original source is cited accurately
* work with people you might not normally work with
* create something that you have not done before
* brainstorm ideas and come up with a plan in your journals- here are some ideas (click on the word to see examples values poster, art work, mind map, word cloud)
* you do not have to use your computer to complete this assignment.
Timeline: 3 advisory sessions. Be ready to share on Wednesday, December 10.
Brock, Cox, Gregurke, Holdsworth
Moodie, Rosas, Winkler, Wu
T2: Planning G7
Welcome to 2015!
In our first session back, advisors want to take time to check in with as many of you as possible. We're interested in how you feel about school, what your concerns are, what you're enjoying and sharing some things we have noticed about you.
Independently in your journal, please choose at least 3 of these writing prompts and respond to them as fully as possible. Your journal will be shared with your advisor and they will use it to gather ideas and thoughts that may help the grade:
- A concern I have about the Middle School is….
- Something I think our advisory group does well is…
- In advisory, I think we need to look at/ talk about/ learn about…
- In grade level meetings, I think we need to look at/ talk about/ learn about…
- If I could change one thing about the 7th grade, it would be…
- So far this year I have enjoyed….
- This year I was disappointed by…
- So far this year, I was most impressed when I…
- I am concerned about…
If You Really Knew Me
In advisory, you have been watching the program 'If You Really Knew Me,' focusing on how students in a particular High School interact with each other and the tensions they experience as a result.
You can watch the full film here.
Use the acronym CROQ to reflect on the film. You will reflect on part 1 first and, after watching part 2, you will reflect on the film as a whole, considering why you watched it and the relevance to your own school experience.
Connections: what did this remind you of? Have you ever experienced something similar? Could you connect to any of the young, people in the film? The part where…. reminded me of….
Reactions: How did you feel watching the first part of the film? What did you find upsetting or worrying? It made be feel… because…
Opinions: What did you think about the situation this group of students was being put in? Was it fair? What did you think about the young people who were the subjects of the film? Why do you think they did what they did? When I saw/ heard… I thought…
Questions: What ideas are you not sure about? What events do you have questions about? What questions would you ask the students in the film? I wonder why…/ What if…?/ How would you feel…? What caused…?
T2: Digital Communication- Digital Solutions?
Digital communication seems to be a 'hot topic' among MS Students. From chain emails, to 'reply all,' to use of chats and iMessage in the classroom- it seems that some students are having a hard time getting away from communication. Discuss this statement:
MS Students are using digital communication tools (iMessage/ Chat/ email/ text) in ways that are inappropriate or distracting or overwhelming.
Is this statement true? Are parts of it true and parts of it not?
Task (as an advisory):
(1) Revise the statement to reflect what is true
(2) Brainstorm: what evidence is there of the problem? What are some of the consequences of the problem?
Task (in small groups/ independently):
Design and propose a solution to the problem. Your proposal should cover:
- What specific part of the bigger problem are you trying to solve?
- Who are you targeting with your solution? For example: All MS Students, just G6, teachers, parents…?
- What is the solution? How does it work?
Think creatively. You can draw your solution, build something, make a mind-map, a diagram, write about it.
At the end of the session next Wednesday (March 4), you will share your proposal with the rest of your advisory group. As a group, select your favorite proposal to be shared in grade level on Friday, March 6.