In advisory this month, just like in our lower school classes, we are focusing on fairness. It seemed that last week’s discussion the boys had a fairly cut and dry explanation about what constituted as fair and what did not. To add a little spice in their life, if you will, we gave them a situation in which they had to use a moral decision and still classify it as being fair or not.
The lesson came from a California school district’s website. The lesson focused on an event that took place during a Western Oregon vs. Central Washington softball game. It encouraged reflection on the importance of being fair even when it’s not easy.
Character Skill: Fairness
The lesson on the website came with a step-by-step lesson plan, as well as a power point.
Hint #1: When using this with my silly 6th graders, I found it easier to structure their responses than tell them to “reflect” or “quickwrite.” It seems when I say things like that the first answer I get after about 10 seconds of writing is, “I’m done!” To which I have to say, “Did you even write a complete sentences?” “Oh, we have to write in complete sentences?” “Well, as a 6th grader I sure hope so.” So hint one . . . structure the writing reflections a bit more, especially if you have a school full of boys.
Hint #3: Do not show the Liberty Mutual video reenactment of the game . . . instead use this real clip of the game. The boys spent too much time laughing at the girls’ acting and spent half as much time actually thinking about the objective . . . which brings me to my last hint . . .
(You know me I love the brutally honest ones.)
Hint #4: I found it extremely helpful (shamefully . . . I found it surprisingly helpful) to state the objective so that they had a reason and meaning to watching the video. Even through the extensive snickering about the acting, I was still able to get good reflections out of them after watching.