Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.
Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:
- define 'self-discipline'
- outline the characteristics and personal behaviors associated with self-discipline
45 minutes to 1 hour
Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of science and technical texts, attending to the precise details of explanations or descriptions.
Determine the central ideas or conclusions of a text; trace the text's explanation or depiction of a complex process, phenomenon, or concept; provide an accurate summary of the text.
Follow precisely a complex multistep procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks, attending to special cases or exceptions defined in the text.
Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 9-10 texts and topics.
Compare and contrast findings presented in a text to those from other sources (including their own experiments), noting when the findings support or contradict previous explanations or accounts.
- Fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies
- Napkins or paper towels
- Fun-sized packs of candy
- The quiz associated with this lesson
- Place one chocolate chip cookie on a napkin/paper towel in front of each student.
- Say the following to the students: You can choose to eat the cookie now or wait. I am going to reward the students who can show 'self-discipline' in regards to the cookies.
- Now wait three to five minutes.
- As this time passes, write 'self-discipline' on the board.
- When the time has elapsed, address the following questions:
- How many students ate their cookies? How many did not?
- What does this have to do with self-discipline?
- Discuss these ideas briefly as a class.
- Reward the students who did not eat their cookies with a fun-sized pack of candy before continuing.
- What is self-discipline?
- What types of behaviors demonstrate a strong sense of self-discipline?
- Instruct the class to read the introduction and 'What Is Self-Discipline?' sections of the text lesson Self-Discipline: Definition & Exercises.
- Now work together using the information from the text lesson to draft a definition for 'self-discipline.' Write it on the board.
- Now have the class read the 'What Does Self-Discipline Look Like?' section of the text lesson.
- Review the cases presented in the text lesson briefly as a class.
- Now have the students offer examples of when they have demonstrated self-discipline or when they have failed to.
- Have the class read the rest of text lesson and take notes on ways to develop self-discipline.
- Have students pair up to share their notes and develop personal plans for integrating these behaviors into their daily lives.
- Finally, complete the associated quiz as a class, reviewing each question and answer thoroughly.
- Ask students to create skits to demonstrate the principles of self-discipline.
- Instruct students to write poems to depict their struggles with self-discipline.
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