Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Flyertime Ideas for March

These ideas come from Amy Richards, Character Ed Coordinator.

1. Class meetingon celebrating class of 2016 (eight graders)
2. Ask 8th graders to share: One good thought about next year at LHS
One thing they will miss about Truman
3.Ask 6th/7th graders to share at least one positive reason they will miss each 8th grader. Perhaps this could include making a poster for each.

4. Another option would be to have 8th graders write a farewell or Thank you message for Truman...

And here is a link to a video clip you may want to use about ordinary people doing good things!

Ordinary People Doing Good Things

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Another Wednesday, It's Flyertime at Truman...

This lesson about a very senstitive topic in the news comes from Character Ed Director, Amy Richards. 

If you are comfortable with the class meeting format with your Flyertime Class, you may want to use this excellent plan to facilitate a discussion about the school shootings that the students are talking about.

If you are a UnitedStreaming User, you can also find some video clips on avoiding violence. The ones under the Label "Reality Matters" are excellent discussion starters. Because of copyright laws, they can not be linked here.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

More Flyertime Ideas: Bullying and Courage

Here are some quick  links recommended by Michelle Frank for a discussion on bullying.

Anti Bully Video (3:37)

Wyandot Middle School Anti Bullying Video (Your Guardian Angel) (3:48)
Softball player carried around bases by opponents (2:09)

Bullying Questions to share with the group:
1. Is bullying a problem at TMS?
2. What is the difference, if any, between "bullying" and teasing"?
3.    What can you do if you witness bullying? 

This longer video suggestion comes from Leah Wagner.  She said the topic was somber/heavy but elicited a great discussion. It's an ESPN story about a teenage girl and her struggles with manic depression and bi-polar disorder and her soap box derby racing.

Carole Ann's story - Nothing but Eyes

Friday, January 27, 2012

Integrity Lessons on Cheating- Ready to Go!

Here are some links for you to click for some instant lesson plans for Flyertime.

Link to lesson plan on cheating-    This is a lesson plan that asks students to brainstorm examples of cheating that they have witnessed.  You will  need butcher paper, markers.

"Cheating Prevents Real Learning" approx 4 min long  This is a short video that will get your discussion or class meeting started.

Academic Integrity  This link takes you to short one minute clips from Teachertube.  They show some high school students role-playing scenarios of students "working together."  They are good to watch and then discuss whether the students were showing "Academic Integrity" in their work.

And here are some Flyertime discussion starters to pose to students. One idea is to have students pair up and share ideas, or you may run these as a class meeting or the way they do "Topic Time" at the high school; class meeting style.

1. Is it "cheating" to lie about your age to get the kid's price at the movies?

2. Is it ever OK  to help a friend with the answers to a school assignment?

3. When working in a group at school, is it cheating to have one friend do #1-5 and another friend to do #6-10 and then copy each other's answers?

4. Your four-year-old nephew asks you if Santa Claus is real.  You can tell by the way he asks that he still wants to believe in Santa Claus.  Are you lying if you say "yes"?

5.  You're living in Belgium during World War II, and you're secretly hiding a Jewish family in your attic.  The police show up at your door and ask if you're harboring Jews.  Should you lie or tell the truth?  Are there times when you might make a greater mistake by telling the truth than by lying?  Give other examples that support your opinion.

6. The President of the United States has learned about a new communications device that will allow the U.S. government to discover where other countries store their weapons.  The same device can also be used to snoop on people in the U.S.  Is the President obligated to tell the people about this new device?  Why or why not?

*source- Adapted from "What Do You Stand For?" 

After your session, please feel free to have a student or yourself comment on this blog post and let us know how it went.  Would you like a new blog post/idea each Flyertime week?  Your feedback will be really helpful. 

Thank you!