Exercise to Develop Consensus on Target Virtues

1. Each individual brainstorms a list of character traits they think are important to the community.

2. Divide into small groups and share lists. Each small group prioritizes the top five to seven traits agreed upon. Write the list on a large sheet of paper.

3. Post the list on the wall and assign a synthesizer to survey all lists, look for overlaps, and produce a synthesized list from all the small groups.

4. Give people an opportunity to speak out for or against the suggested traits. This is the time to clarify interpretations.

5. Issue an index card to everyone. Have each person put three choices from the synthesized list on the card and rate their preference: 3 points for 1st choice, 2 points for 2nd, and 1 point for the 3rd.

6. Tally all ballots and the top rated traits become the district's character education target virtues.



(Taken from "Integrating Character Education Into the Curriculum" developed by B.R. Rhoads & Debbie Rooks, Webster Groves School District, St. Louis, Missouri)

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