Wall of images

Have students submit their own images for agreed-upon classroom character goals.

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Students can easily participate in the same #buildcharacter social media activity as a good intro to the school year activity.

First, a class could agree on 4-5 character strengths to work on throughout the year. Then (to take the activity offline), students could bring in images to put up on the wall and leave there all year. It'd be nice to see who students admire for their grit, or what students think zest looks like.

This could also be done online without having to  use student social media accounts: students could submit images to Google Classroom, Padlet or a classroom Flickr account (you can create an email address to easily submit photos), and from there it'd be easy to make a collage of images to use as a desktop background image whenever a screen is projected. To introduce students to digital tools, a teacher could do a mini-lesson on adding text using anything from Picfont (a web-based editor that requires no download), an app like Adobe Spark, or even a program like Photoshop. 



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Photo of Chris Good
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Such a cool and simple idea!  I love how there are so many ways that a classroom can interpret and implement this in many ways.

I wonder too if there s a way to use this a a character building exercise by having students select positive character traits they admire in their peers - and then select images representative of those individuals. Could be a nice way to encourage students to appreciate positive traits found in others and not just those we wish to emulate ourselves.

Photo of Kim Vinh
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Oh, I like it as a classroom community builder too, as you suggested. Thanks!

Photo of Garreth Heidt
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Wonderful use of images to tell "stories" here.  I'd love to see what the kids could do with Adobe Spark.  I've been dying to try that with my students, too.

I agree with Chris in terms of peer interaction as well.  

Perhaps later in the year, students could become character specialists, hunting down examples of specific character traits in media, books they're reading, etc.  (You could even use an empathy map (d.school has some, I'm sure, or the k-12 lab) to develop knowledge of character traits in characters from books they're reading.

Photo of Kim Vinh
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Great idea to use this to characterize figures they're reading/learning about, too! 

Photo of Valerie Lewis
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Hey Kim! I love your idea and it actually reminds me of my Visions of Success theme that I want to implement for this school year. I really like the wall of images so when kids see themselves it reminds them of their goal and that they are part of the fabric of this class. Do you suspect that you may get resistance from administration, parents or other teachers within your building?

Photo of Sarah Swain
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I love this idea! Especially a physical wall that is a visual reminder, not words,

Photo of Valerie Lewis
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Agreed!