Elevator Pitch for Character

Imagine students creating an elevator pitch that describes what they would do in difficult situation.

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Try the elevator pitch (EP) to get students to think of ways to build character. An elevator pitch is a conversation, or an ice breaker, that will (hopefully) lead into a deeper dialogue about character. You could give them a prompt. Here is an example, You've just bumped into a former student who is homeless. After exchanging pleasantries, she asks for help. You open your mouth, and then pause. Where on earth do you start?

Here with the EP students come up with a real solution and then presents their solution to a group. Students will personalize the problem and present an novel solution. They only have one minute to give their answer to a group of students . Then after a group of students has listened to all the EPs picks the ones that offered the best solution. It is also very important that the group sate their reason for choosing the EP. 

If you wanted to incorporate technology you could film each EP and a way for the presenters to see themselves.

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William, 
I love the role play component in this exercise - experiencing these kinds of thought experiments through real interactions is so much more powerful then writing a response on an examination.

I wonder if there might be a way to make those experiences feel even deeper?  maybe each prompted scenario could be played out to several different outcomes - both positive and negative. It would be interesting to see if the students feel differently about their initial choice/decision/action based on the outcome.  

It would present an interesting discussion about character/morals/ethics and the challenge of making sound decisions in a world where the difference between right and wrong is often unclear.

Love this idea so much.