Oh no, the beloved character, StarBoy, opens this lesson feeling tired of all the self-improvement he is learning! In a conversation with StarGirl, he shares that he feels burned out on improving himself. It’s a normal feeling, but StarGirl points out to him that if he stops learning, a star like him stops shining. In other words, if he’s not getting better, he’s getting worse! StarBoy doesn’t want that. He wants to shine brighter and brighter! StarBoy now wants to keep on improving himself.
This social-emotional learning lesson is about improving the mind by recalling and following intellectual positive actions. It is complete with the "StarBoy" and “StarGirl” visual aids, an interactive class discussion, an SEL activity, and a Positive Action song. The visual aids keep the students engaged and help them imagine the conversation between the characters.
"Intellectual self-improvement can help boost the cognitive development and academic readiness of pre-kindergartners, preparing them for a successful transition to formal schooling. It can help them achieve academic success, positive self-concept, and positive development."
A discussion on the importance of continually improving the mind follows. Here, the students go over each intellectual positive action that they have learned in Unit 2 to seek opportunities for intellectual self-improvement. To facilitate the discussion, the "Positive Actions for My Mind" poster is displayed.
As for the activity, the teacher encourages the students to draw, on a sheet of paper, an intellectual positive action or two that they want to keep practicing for self-improvement. It can also be intellectual positive actions that they may have forgotten to practice or ones they want to improve on.
To keep the students motivated, a reinforcing Positive Action song titled "Learning to Learn" plays in the background while they work on their drawings.
Intellectual self-improvement can help boost the cognitive development and academic readiness of pre-kindergartners, preparing them for a successful transition to formal schooling. It can help them achieve academic success, positive self-concept, and positive development.
With this lesson, schools can instill the value of continual intellectual self-improvement in their young students while providing an effective and fun learning experience. It has proven effective at improving pre-kindergartners' skills and behavior in all domains the program addresses.