Choose your Side
Students are given two different options and have to move to the side of the room that represents their preference. The activity is debriefed as a warm-up to help them recognise that we all have our own preferences and that we can peacefully coexist in a world where other people have different preferences
Students are co-opted into a Citizens Panel to consider local sentencing guidelines in response to increasing crime rates. Working in small groups, students are given some basic information about a crime, the theft of $10,000 worth of medical supplies, from a local chemist. They then have to reach a decision, one on which at least four out of six agree upon, about the sentence that the accused should receive. If they fail to reach an agreement, the default sentencing guideline is used. Each group is then given additional information about the people, the perpetrator and victim, and once again need to make a sentencing decision. Finally, each group discusses whether they support mandatory minimum sentencing or not.
Through a ‘Buzzfeed’ style quiz, in part, based on how they reached their decision in the Citizens Panel, students are introduced to three dominant ethical profiles. To better understand these profiles, they are used to explain the actions of different characters and scenarios from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Students, individually and in small groups, review more information about the profiles and the extent to which they are an accurate description of the individual student’s approach to decision-making.
Students start by competing in a round of ‘Guess What?’ where teams work to correctly identify an everyday object that has been split down into separate parts. Each team member gets to see one part and then works with the rest of their team to identify the object. Students are then introduced to three different skills: Active listening, active telling and active reframing, that they can practice to become more effective collaborators. To reinforce the learning, students then identify effective collaboration ‘fails’ and recommended solutions from short clips from popular TV shows. Finally, students use these skills in another round of ‘Guess What?’.
I Resolve To
Participants reflect on what they have learnt and make a commitment for future action. Individually, they complete an appreciative inquiry reflection using a traffic light concept whereby they record an action they will continue doing (orange), an action they need to stop (red) and an action they will begin to do (green) so that in time it becomes a new green. Each participant is given an “I Resolve To…” card, to record their commitment. Participants are encouraged to share their I Resolve To with another person and to hold each other accountable. They take the cards away with them and are encouraged to keep them somewhere they can see daily so that it acts as a further incentive for them to take action.