Compassionate Traits Self-Assessments

Use These Rubrics to Assess Your Individual or Group Strengths

What are Compassionate Traits?

Every day, each of us has the opportunity to make decisions that have an impact on other people, other animals, and the planet we share. As you and your family work on your Roots & Shoots project, you’ll develop and practice Roots & Shoots Compassionate Traits, which are the characteristics chosen by youth leaders to represent essential skills and behaviors of individuals who are compassionate decision-makers. Let’s get to know the Compassionate Traits!

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Growing Your Compassionate Traits

Compassionate citizens display many different positive traits and, young or old, challenging ourselves to improve on those traits helps us to become the best humans we can be. These activities will get you and your group thinking about the traits needed to be a compassionate leader and/or citizen and assess the traits you already have and how to strengthen them.

Individual Compassionate Traits Self-Assessment

Use this rubric to assess your Compassionate Trait strengths and how you can improve upon them before starting a Roots & Shoots project. Then, revisit your rubric after completing your first project and celebrate your growth!
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Group Compassionate Traits Self-Assessment

Pass out a self-assessment rubric to each group member to assess their strength on each of the traits. This exercise should be completed individually and confidentially. Then, collect all of the individual self-assessments and create a group chart by tallying how many people chose "strength," "neutral," and "needs improvement" for each category. Keep students' responses anonymous and highlight the group strengths, then discuss how the group can improve. Save a copy of this chart to refer back to your project!
Group Assessment Rubric


Evaluation Peers: After completing the individual rubrics, you can distribute another chart. This time, group members don't evaluate themselves, but instead assess one of their peers. They can rate their peers on how often they exhibit each trait. Anonymous evaluations encourage honesty. You can do this again at the end of the project and share with each group member to see how their peers evaluated them. Or maybe do peer evaluations mid-way through your project so they can see how they may be improving!
Self-Assessment Rubric

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