Character

Inside this collection (which is pillar 2 of PeBL in Sun West): Character looks at those soft skills that are not taught inside a curriculum always.  Inside you will find lessons and activities around Character Day, Self-Regulation, Grit or Growth Mindset.  This relates to 21st century skills/7 Cs/SECRET skills as well. 

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14 Tips to Doing Rewrites, Redos, and Reassessments the Right Way
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In Rick Wormeli’s article Redos and Retakes Done Right, he states “allowing students to redo assignments and assessments is the best way to prepare them for adult life.”
According to Wormeli, many teachers feel that denying students opportunities to show their full potential after providing substantial results builds ‘moral fibre’. These teachers have the mindset that there should be rigid deadlines for assignments and that marks should be taken off for late submissions, and even give zeroes in some situations. Wormeli counters by claiming that “these practices have the opposite effect: They retard student achievement and maturation.”
In Kenaston School, specifically in math and the senior sciences, students have the opportunity to redo assessments in 2011-2012. Teachers have taken Wormeli’s guidelines into consideration, applying some of his recommendations. Kenaston teachers advise that by incorporating Wormeli’s ideas into practice, teachers can make redos fair for both the student and teacher.

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Education
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Sun West School Division
Date Added:
10/04/2018
2019 Sun West Character High School 10-12
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Sun West Character High School 10-12 Guidebook - please use the table of contents to navigate this guidebook. Also, we invite you to share resources you think would be suitable for this guidebook with any of the author's of this guidebook.

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Education
Higher Education
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Author:
Courtney McDonald
Terry Epp
Kelli Boklaschuk
Vanessa Lewis
Melissa Lander
Rebekka Burton
Stephen Hadden
Doug Klassen
Elaina Guilmette
Brianne Denning
Crystal Johnson
Paul Stinson
Aaron Moore
Karen McConnell
Date Added:
12/14/2018
2019 Sun West Character Middle Years 6-9
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Sun West Character Middle Years Grade 6-9 Guidebook - please use the table of contents to navigate this guidebook. Also, we invite you to share resources you think would be suitable for this guidebook with any of the author's of this guidebook.

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Education
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Assessment
Diagram/Illustration
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Teaching/Learning Strategy
Author:
Courtney McDonald
Terry Epp
Kelli Boklaschuk
Vanessa Lewis
Melissa Lander
Rebekka Burton
Stephen Hadden
Doug Klassen
Elaina Guilmette
Brianne Denning
Crystal Johnson
Paul Stinson
Aaron Moore
Karen McConnell
Date Added:
06/13/2019
21C Project – Science Inquiry
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Students worked in collaborative learning groups to ask questions and research on the above outcomes. Next, students had to build their own musical instrument and manipulate its sound in a presentation format of their choice, to show their learning.

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Science
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Homework/Assignment
Author:
Sun West School Division
Date Added:
09/20/2018
30 Useful Digital Citizenship Resources for Growing Digital Citizens from the Wabisabi Blog
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Author: Lee Watanabe-Crockett

This is a phenomenal gathering of web sites that include resources to teach:

Digital footprints
Citing Sources
Detecting Plagarism
Personal Responsibility
Global & Cultural Awareness
Safe Web Searching

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Education
English Language Arts
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Author:
Melissa Lander
Date Added:
09/12/2018
9 Common Mind Viruses: The negative thoughts students think and how teachers can cure them
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Help Your Students Upload Some New Beliefs.
A visual tool for eradicating "mind viruses" once and for all.

A mind virus is like a piece of software we download into our brains, and bad software or viruses can corrupt our entire system in the form of negative thinking. It?s possible, however, to upload new software that serves us better. We?ve created an infographic poster to help you do that?we call it 9 Common Mind Viruses.
It features some of the most common negative thoughts students can have, and how you can help get past them. These are all about fostering student inspiration in the toughest of times. This is the medicine to fight the mind virus off once and for all.

Use ?the medicine? prescribed to get students to look at the statement from a different angle and help them turn it around into something positive.

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Global Digital Citizen Foundation
Date Added:
08/15/2018
Archaeology Lesson:  Artifact for 21st Century Education
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Students working collaboratively on a mini-archaeology dig to locate and identify artifacts, create hypotheses about the objects and what information they tell us about a society, and research past artifacts to determine if their hypotheses were correct. Students had to use collaboration when working on the dig, when creating their hypotheses, when measuring the artifacts, and when forming conclusions. Additionally, students had to use critical thinking when formulating theories, researching and reviewing data online, assessing their ideas, analyzing and comparing their hypotheses with archaeology studies online, and when justifying their hypotheses (and proving them) with the artifact data they discovered online, and forming conclusions.

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Social Studies
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Homework/Assignment
Author:
Sun West School Division
Date Added:
09/10/2018
Brain Breaks
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Minds in Bloom blog. This link contains several posts with ideas for brain breaks in the classroom. There are brain breaks by theme (Christmas, Mystery) or brain breaks that can be used throughout the year.

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Other
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Teaching/Learning Strategy
Author:
Rachel Lynette
Date Added:
11/20/2018
Character Playbook
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Character Playbook is an innovative digital course that uses engaging strategies to educate students about cultivating and maintaining healthy relationships during their critical middle school years. Comprised of six lessons that cover key concepts around positive character development, social-emotional learning (SEL), and building healthy relationships, Character Playbook allows students to engage with real-world scenarios, including examples of bystander intervention, resolving conflicts, effective communication, and positive relationships.

This Course Covers
Analyzing Influences
Understanding & Managing Emotions
Communicating Effectively
Resolving Conflicts
Stepping In
Making Decisions

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Everfi
Author:
Everfi
Date Added:
09/04/2018