CHARACTER EDUCATION ACROSS THE CURRICULUM
Everyone needs to explore options.
Students will practice decision-making by choosing between competing alternatives.
List of rank order questions. (See below.)
Each day of our lives we must make choices between competing alternatives. Some of them are minor decisions: "Shall I stay home tonight and watch T.V. or go to a friend's house for the evening? Shall I wear my blue or my white sweater?" And some are major decisions: "Shall I buy a car or save my money for college?" "Shall I go to school this summer or work?"
This strategy gives students practice in choosing from among alternatives and in publicly affirming and explaining or defending their choices. It demonstrates simply and clearly that many issues require more thoughtful consideration than we tend to give them.
This activity can be easily adapted to content areas. For example, use to teach graphing in math class by charting student responses.
The teacher explains to the class that he/she is going to ask them some questions which will require them to think carefully about their beliefs and feelings. Give them three (or four) alternative choices for responding to each question and ask them to decide which would be their first, second, and third choice.
Depending on the maturity level, some students may wish to share the reasons for their response. Occasionally, tell the class what your personal response would be.
SAMPLE RANK-ORDER QUESTIONS