Just Doing It!

Grades: 
6, 7, 8

The students will set a personal goal and make a plan for using self-discipline to meet the goal. They will reflect on their level of self-discipline and their determination to increase that level as they mature.

Duration 
PrintOne 20-minute lesson
Objectives 

The learner will:

  • set a personal goal for self-improvement.
  • create a plan to meet a goal.
  • reflect on their ability to discipline themselves.
Materials 

character education journals

Instructions

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  1. Antitcipatory Set:

    Write the following quote in a display area and read it aloud to the class. Discuss.

    "Mental toughness is many things and rather difficult to explain. Its qualities are sacrifice and self-denial. Also, most importantly, it is combined with a perfectly disciplined will that refuses to give in. It's a state of mind -- you couild call it character in action." Vince Lombardi

  2. Remind the students that their homework was to think of one goal that they would like to accomplish that would require them to exercise self-discipline. Ask for volunteers to share their goal. Caution the students that the goal should be short term -- one that can be successfully completed during the remainder of the school year -- and attainable.

  3. Review the chart created in the previous lesson of the steps and strategies of a self-discipline plan.

  4. Have each student write one goal and at least three steps or stratgeies to begin and persevere in successfully meeting the goal. They may write in their character education journals.