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Spencer Kagan's Virtues by Mind Map: Spencer Kagan's Virtues
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Spencer Kagan's Virtues

Personal Virtues

Self-discipline

Impulse control

Talking Chips Students put their chips in the centre of the table each time they speak. They cannot speak again until all the students have put in their chip, and the chips are retrieved to begin another round.  

Good Judgment

Estimate and Prediction Line-Ups Students line up by the size of their estimates and then fold the line, so those with high estimates hear the reasoning of those with low estimates and vice versa.  

Integrity

Courage

Perseverance

Self-motivation

Team Pair Solo Students work on a difficult problem, first as a team. When they are ready, they do a similar problem, working as a pair. Finally, when they are ready, they do that type of problem on their own.  

Relationship Virtues

Caring

Kindness

Pass-N-Praise While sitting around a table, each student validates the work of the peer passing the paper.  

Courtesy

Gambit Chips Students have gambit chips (cards with phrases) that they use to practise the gambits. Different gambit chips foster different virtues, including Appreciation Gambits (“Thank you,” “What I appreciate is…”); Request Gambits (“May I…,” “If you are willing”); and Empathy Gambits (“I understand how you felt because…”).  

Cooperativeness

Expert Group Jigsaw Students leave their teams to work with like-topic students of other teams and become experts on a topic. They return to their teams so each can teach the topic to their classmates.   Team Pair Solo Students work on a difficult problem, first as a team. When they are ready, they do a similar problem, working as a pair. Finally, when they are ready, they do that type of problem on their own.  

Helpfulness

Circle the Sage Students from each team gather around a different “sage”, an expert on a topic. They return to their teams to compare notes and tutor one another.   Expert Group Jigsaw Students leave their teams to work with like-topic students of other teams and become experts on a topic. They return to their teams so each can teach the topic to their classmates.   Team Pair Solo Students work on a difficult problem, first as a team. When they are ready, they do a similar problem, working as a pair. Finally, when they are ready, they do that type of problem on their own.

Honesty

Respect

Understanding

Gambit Chips Students have gambit chips (cards with phrases) that they use to practise the gambits. Different gambit chips foster different virtues, including Appreciation Gambits (“Thank you,” “What I appreciate is…”); Request Gambits (“May I…,” “If you are willing”); and Empathy Gambits (“I understand how you felt because…”).   Three-Step Interview Students work first in pairs to interview each other and then do a round robin, each sharing what he or she learned in the interview.

Tolerance

Community Virtues

Citizenship

Fairness

Leadership

Circle the Sage Students from each team gather around a different “sage”, an expert on a topic. They return to their teams to compare notes and tutor one another.   Expert Group Jigsaw Students leave their teams to work with like-topic students of other teams and become experts on a topic. They return to their teams so each can teach the topic to their classmates.   Team Pair Solo Students work on a difficult problem, first as a team. When they are ready, they do a similar problem, working as a pair. Finally, when they are ready, they do that type of problem on their own.

Responsibility

Three-Step Interview Students work first in pairs to interview each other and then do a round robin, each sharing what he or she learned in the interview.  

Loyalty

Trustworthiness