Many factors, including personal experiences and interactions with others, contribute to one's self-concept. However, how one responds to this information is the key to developing a positive view of oneself.
In this lesson, kindergarten students are introduced to the idea that actions or behavior directly affect their self-concept. They learn that positive behavior is rewarded with positive feelings about themselves, while negative behavior leads to negative feelings. By understanding this connection, students can learn to take responsibility for who they are and what they do.
"In this lesson, kindergarten students are introduced to the idea that actions or behavior directly affect their self-concept."
The lesson begins with a stimulating discussion about what makes one special, emphasizing positive actions as the answer. The teacher elaborates that students have full control over their actions, so how they choose to act is what makes them special and memorable.
Positive actions leave a lasting impression. Although choosing to do them can be challenging, it is how one is remembered. In the SEL activity following the discussion, the students read the positive qualities their families and friends have written to describe what makes them special people. Each student then records their special qualities on tape.
Once the activity is finished, a discussion takes place to reinforce to students that knowing something special about themselves makes them feel good about themselves. Kindergartners understand that this positive feeling about themselves is their positive self-concept.
This lesson is designed to show kindergartners how their actions, which make them special, connect to the way they feel about themselves. By the end, kindergarten students will be able to be more intentional in behaving positively to reap the rewards of internal happiness and satisfaction.