Character activity

Activity considering 16 character traits and expanding upon them.

Team competition
The students are split into four groups (evenly according to the total number of students in the class). The teacher draws a circle of a magnetic board and divides it to 16 sectors, cuts out each sector from a paper of different colours, writes one of the numbers 1–16 on each sector and uses a magnet to fix the sectors to the circle drawn on the board.
A team representative goes to the board, selects one numbered sector, and the teacher gives a short description of the character trait allocated to the number. The group’s task is to determine the trait, express it by a single substantive and add a real-life example. The team cooperates in resolving the task for a specified amount of time. The answer is assessed by the schoolmates from other groups, awarding points 0–5. The activity is repeated in four rounds.
The students are then asked to evaluate the results and the overall ranking. The group representatives take the individual sectors to the groups, therefore the circle is empty at the end of the competition.

How this resource relates to Shaping Characters objectives

  • Attitudes and attributes
  • Education techniques
  • Motivation and resilience

Actual outcomes

Learning to identify and briefly describe certain character traits and document them by real-life examples

Qualities in focus –

Diversity of character traits – positive and negative, self-assessment

Resources required

Sectors of a circle cut out from coloured paper, magnets

Time needed

30 minutes

What could have been done differently or is planned for future repeats?

The students love competitions, so the activity was embraced by them easily. They could recall the individual character traits and were able to assess them faultlessly. I did not prescribe the form of expressing the real-life examples, so the students played short scenes, some even mimed.
It is recommended to split the students into mixed groups. Almost all the students engaged in the activity, only a few remained passive.
The activity was a success, and I promised the students to continue at the beginning of the next lesson.

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