Today during our HEART Emotional Intelligence circle time at Golden Goose we will be talking about ‘Doing the Right Thing”. We are working on encouraging our students to think about their decisions and possible consequences before acting. Most students start exploring their boundaries at a very young age. A typical example is when a class has substitute teacher for the day. Common, we’ve all been there. Our teacher is away for a day and the minutes a supply teacher comes in, we can do whatever we want! I am so excited to give our students an activity around role-playing different situations of right and wrong.
As we teach Emotional Intelligence twice per week, I notice as a teacher (and a parent) that most of the students are confused about ‘life decisions’. For example, while growing up I was never formally taught what to say to someone if a loved one passed away. I remember awkward moments if someone were to tell me I am beautiful or that I needed to pluck my eyebrows! I learned about the word ‘trust’ through experience along with what ‘friendship’ and the power of a positive attitude. The reason why I love our HEART circle time so much is because it give me an opportunity to understand how our students minds work and how they rationalise. It also gives me and other teachers an opportunity to share our life experiences around the topic so our young students can learn and take away their own. It’s probably the most satisfying time of my day to share, discuss and learn together.
So around our topic today I thought I would share our activity if you would like to try it! I found it on http://www.goodcharacter.com/YCC/DoingRight.html
HOW TO DECIDE WHAT’S THE RIGHT THING TO DO
Some decisions you make aren’t terribly important. For example, you might decide to have chocolate cookie instead of cake. But other decisions may involve a choice between right and wrong, and sometimes it’s not easy to know what to do. Whenever you aren’t sure what’s the right thing to do, stop and think! Ask yourself these questions:
–What does my conscience—that “little voice” inside my head—say about it?
– Could it hurt anyone—including me?
–Is it fair?
– Would it violate the Golden Rule? (How would I feel if somebody did it to me?)
–Have I ever been told that it’s wrong?
–Deep down how do I feel about it?
–How will I feel about myself later if I do it?
–What would adults I respect say about it?
If you still can’t decide, talk it over with someone you trust and respect.
Here are some things you can do to encourage your child to always try to do what’s right.
•Start with your own example. If you always base your own decisions on what you believe is right, that will mean more to your child than hours of lecturing.
•Take time to talk about issues of right and wrong with your child.
•When you watch TV or movies with your child, look critically at the way the characters behave and have a discussion about it.
•Be sensitive to what your child says about decisions involving right or wrong. Don’t hesitate to correct statements like, “It doesn’t matter—nobody will ever find out” or “Everybody does it.”
•Encourage your child to think about whether something is right or wrong before acting.
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