Many people think of food, water, and shelter when it comes to basic needs. However, one of the most essential yet often overlooked necessities is the need to feel good about oneself. This basic need is just as important as any other, as it can affect a person's mental health, behavior, and overall well-being.
In this lesson, Grade 1 students review the *Positive Actio*n philosophy. They further internalize that to fulfill the basic need to feel good about themselves, they need to think positive thoughts and do positive actions.
Here, the students learn that thinking negative thoughts and doing negative actions are like drinking saltwater. Although it may provide temporary relief or distraction, drinking saltwater ultimately leaves one thirstier and more dehydrated. Similarly, negative thoughts and actions can only worsen self-esteem and confidence.
"Drinking fresh water quenches one's thirst, and one's body feels rejuvenated. In the same way, positive thoughts and actions can uplift one's spirits, boost self-esteem, and make one feel good about oneself."
On the other hand, positive thoughts and actions are like drinking clear, fresh water. Drinking fresh water quenches one's thirst, and one's body feels rejuvenated. In the same way, positive thoughts and actions can uplift one's spirits, boost self-esteem, and make one feel good about oneself.
To further reinforce the lesson concepts, the class sings "Self-Concept Unit Song," an upbeat and catchy tune emphasizing the importance of having a positive self-concept. The lyrics describe the consequences of positive and negative thoughts and actions, highlighting that the former leads to positive feelings while the latter leads to negative ones.
The importance of feeling good about oneself is particularly evident in the classroom. A positive self-concept is essential for academic success. Students who believe in themselves and their abilities are likelier to take risks, participate in class discussions, and seek help when needed. They are also less likely to be discouraged by setbacks and failures. This positive attitude can carry over into other areas of their lives, such as personal relationships and future career paths.