Overview For Teachers
DISCIPLINE: The ability to follow the chain of command; demonstrate good character; to be even tempered; behave appropriately; accept unavoidable interruptions and pressure; the ability to pay attention to details; display a high level of concentration even when assigned an unpleasant task; the ability to demonstrate grit and resilience.
Upon completion of this module, the student will understand the importance of being self-disciplined in the classroom and the workplace. In addition, the objectives listed below should be met.
Ability to recognize the importance of being disciplined in all aspects of life
Ability to understand the importance of grit, resilience and perseverance
Ability to demonstrate self-discipline in different situations
This module concentrates on teaching students to recognize and display self-discipline and how it affects their home, school and work life. The key to being disciplined is to understand what’s important, know the steps to take to complete certain tasks, as well as how to keep going when you want to give up. In addition, students will have an opportunity to gain an understanding of the importance of discipline by participating in various activities designed to stimulate thought and discussion.
TEACHERS: WHAT ARE YOU OBSERVING?
What does discipline look like in the classroom or in school in general? A great way to answer this and get things going is through engagement with the students. Ask your students these questions:
1. What does discipline look like in class?
2. How does discipline affect other students? Example: Student activities or sports or hallway/lunchroom interactions
3. What does discipline look like within your learning?
RELEVANCY OF DISCIPLINE: Why is this important to your students?
Discipline is important to both personal and professional development and goals. Employers say that discipline is a very important attribute in employees and is considered a leadership trait in most organizations.
One Daily Rule
Time Allocation: 20 minutes
Materials/Resources: whiteboard, markers, sticky notes (LOTS), pens/ pencils, paper, tape
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ANTICIPATORY SET IDEA:
Put students into paired groups and have them work with their partner to come up with a definition for the word “Discipline .”
Ask a few students to share their definitions.
Then, as a class, come up with a definition that is agreed upon by everyone and write it on the whiteboard.
Create signs and label each wall one of the following:
o Rules at Work
o Rules at Home
o Rules at School
o Rules in Public
Instruct students to write down any rule they must follow either at work, at home, at school or out in public on a sticky note and stick it on the corresponding wall.
o Maybe set a limit to how many students can post (2 on each wall).
When all the students have responded, go around the room and read out loud some of the sticky notes that have been posted.
Next, ask the class the following questions:
o As a society, why do you think we have rules?
o Do you think it’s important to follow rules? Why or why not?
o Are there some rules that shouldn’t be followed?
o Who makes the rules?
Now, ask student to come up with one rule for themselves that they could follow every single day.
When finished, have the students pair -share with a partner and then ask a few students to share their one daily rule with the class.
CHECK FOR UNDERSTANDING:
Technology Use: Survey: Create a short survey with Survey Monkey to check for understanding with the students that they will complete before they leave for the day.
Non-Technology: Thumbs Up/ Thumbs Down: Student s who need further clarification will show a “thumbs down” and students who understand will show a “thumbs up.”
ETHICAL SCENARIO--Optional (if not using, skip to "review and closing")
The Ethical Choice Scenarios have been developed to provide teachers with the ability to make the material applicable to real-life and relevant to the students. Within this guide, directions and prompts for the teacher will be in BLUE for ease of facilitation.
READ THE FOLLOWING SCENARIO OUT LOUD TO THE STUDENTS:
You are honored to be an important part of your sports team. However, it is also a LOT of hard work. The practices, the travel, the missing out on social events with your friends, the going to bed early because you have a game… all of it. You understand that it provides you with great teamwork and leadership skills and it is instilling good habits in many facets of your life, but it is just so hard ! You even have to watch what you eat because being in top shape improves your performance in the game. But you keep having these thoughts of quitting, just being a normal student .… If you do that, however, you will lose that college scholarship opportunity for sure .
ASK THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS: (display them to the class if necessary)
1. How many of you have already been faced with this scenario in real life?
2. What are positive or negative consequences / outcomes for you, depending on your decision?
3. Do you agree with the saying, “anything worth anything takes hard work?” Why or why not?
4. How do you think this scenario relates to discipline?
GUIDED DISCUSSION: ASK STUDENTS TO SHARE THEIR THOUGHTS ON THE SITUATION AND HOW THEY
ANSWERED THE QUESTIONS.
NOTE 1 : To help facilitate discussion, share any personal experiences you may have encountered with this same sort of issue.
NOTE 2 : Another option to foster further critical thinking is to then ask students , “ If you had a child, would you want YOUR child to quit in this situation?”
NOTE 3 : Another option to foster further critical thinking is to then ask students , “ What values do you think are in tension here, why is it an ethical dilemma?”
CLOSING DISCUSSION: ASK THE STUDENTS, “ WHAT IMPACTS COULD YOUR DECISION HAVE ON YOUR LONG -TERM ABILITY TO PERSEVERE?”
REVIEW AND CLOSING:
Students will fill out an exit slip to turn in as they leave class. On the exit slip, they will answer the following questions:
o Why is it important to follow rules?
o How does following rules apply to discipline?
CORRELATION TO OBSERVATION TOOL: The Frequency Observation Tool (FOT) has a category where students will be observed and rated on their ability to follow the chain of command. This lesson will give students the opportunity to discuss why following rules are important and how they apply to the idea of discipline.
DIFFERENTIATED INSTRUCTION IDEAS
-Visual: Visual learners will benefit from having the important information written on the white board.
-Auditory: Auditory learners will benefit from having the directions read aloud as well as the class discussions.
-Kinesthetic: Kinesthetic learners could benefit by writing down any important information.
-ESL: ESL students would benefit from having a partner to assist them in the writing activity in case they have questions or need clarification.
-At-risk: At -risk students will benefit from the interaction they have with their group to help keep them focused and on task.
-Advanced: Advanced learners could assist students whose current level of understanding is on a low level.