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Self-Control and Self-Motivation
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Purpose:

The learners will investigate the importance of  self-control and self-motivation through analyzing examples of self-discipline.

Duration:

One 20-minute lesson

Objectives:

The learner will:

  • analyze examples of self-discipline as self-control and/or self-motivation.
  • brainstorm three personal self-discipline goals.

Service Experience:

Although this lesson contains a service project example, decisions about service plans and implementation should be made by students, as age appropriate.
Learn more about the stages of service-learning.

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 generationon.org.

Materials:

Student copies of Handout One: Self-Control and Self-Discipline

Handout 1
Self-Control and Self-Discipline

Instructional Procedure(s):

Anticipatory Set:

Remind the students of their assignment to observe and note examples of when they or others (friends, classmates, teachers, family members) used self-discipline. They wrote down at least three examples. Give the students a few minutes to look at those notes and/or add to them or write down examples they can remember if they didn't have any notes.

  • Distribute Handout One: Self-Control and Self-Motivation and explain that self-discipline can take two forms: using self-control to not do something (as in the chocolate challenge from Lesson One that demonstrated impulse control and delayed gratification, or breaking a bad habit like smoking, losing one's temper easily) or using self-motivation to voluntarily do something that may not be easy or pleasant or convenient to reach a desired goal (like staying on a diet, training for an athletic event, or completing a difficult or long school assignment). 
  • Ask the students to share their examples of self-discipline and then add them to the chart on the handout. Discuss how each example relates to self-control and self-motivation. Complete the columns on the chart. This may be done as a class, as a small-group assignment, or as individuals.
  • Ask the students to brainstorm three goals they might like to set using self-control to NOT do something and/or using self-motivation to DO something. Tell them that in the next lesson they will choose one of those goals to reflect on.

Lesson Developed By:

Betsy Flikkema
Associate Director
Learning to Give

Barbara Dillbeck
Director
Learning to Give

Handouts:

Handout 1Print Handout 1

Self-Control and Self-Discipline

Example of Self-Discipline
What self-control was or could be used in this situation?
What self-motivation was or could be used in this situation?
Example: Saving to buy a car by 18th birthday
not to go out to eat with friends
get part-time job, open bank account
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

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Comments

Katie, Parent Ossining, NY6/4/2013 1:18:33 PM

Thanks for posting this lesson. I'm running a self-directed "values course" for my soon to be 7th and 9th graders, and this lesson plan is really helpful! I'll share this content!

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