Just Doing It!

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.

PrintOne 20-minute lesson

The learner will:

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

character education journals


  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.

Cross Curriculum 

This character education mini-lesson is not intended to be a service learning lesson or to meet the K-12 Service-Learning Standards for Quality Practice. The character education units will be most effective when taught in conjunction with a student-designed service project that provides a real world setting in which students can develop and practice good character and leadership skills. For ideas and suggestions for organizing service events go to www.generationon.org.