Below are some conversation starters that connect to the pillars of good character. The questions are apart of our character education and are optional. We hope you have fun discussing them with your student! We will be updating this weekly with various questions.
Medham County Stigma Free Task Force has shared great conversation starters that we thought would be beneficial for your relationship with your students.
"Some of the best conversations with tweens and teens happen while driving. This is often because inhibitions maybe lowered due to lack of eye contact, seating arrangements, and decrease distractions. Since we are not driving as much, here are some other ways to get conversations flowing:
-Watch a movie together and discuss what a character maybe feeling, thinking or how they are behaving.
-Similiarily you may discuss characters in a story, lyrics in a song or individuals in a news story.
-Try journaling or texting back and forth.
-Have discussions in the dark (bedtime). This is good because again, there is no eye contact or visual body language.
While using these techniques, try asking open-ended questions; remain non-judgemental; and communicate that you are available to listen." (Medham Stigma Free Task Force)
Mrs. Profito and Miss. Megan
- It has been noted that trust is one of the most important character trait you can have. Why is trust important inside your relationships? Discuss the importance of having trust in school (online) and at home.
- When somebody feels sad, what can you say or do to show you care?
- Caring for yourself is very important. Discuss two things that you do for yourself every day and why it is important to you.
- Being fair is an important trait to have. Think of 5 ways you can play fair either online, in school and out of school.
- Taking ownership for your role in areas of your life is called responsibility. What are your responsibilities in school, at home and in the community? Do you agree with taking ownership of these roles? For example:
- At home:
- Taking out the garbage
- Making your bed
- Putting away your dishes
- At school:
- Doing your homework
- Being respectful to others
- In the community:
- Roadside clean up
- Volunteering at a soup kitchen
- Volunteer at a fundraiser
- At home:
- If you see someone dropping trash on the playground, how does this make you feel? What should that person have done? Is that person showing good citizenship? If not, how could they show good citizenship?
- Demonstrating respect through body language and gestures:
- Elbow bumps
- Saluting to Miltary
- Chin nod
- Eye contact
- Head bow
- Straight posture
- Shoulders back
- Facing towards the other person
- Using you body language and facial expressions to show your respect
- Discuss how your body language can help improve conversations and atmosphere of the room.
Questions come from -"Good to Go" by Character Counts