Mold Motivated Students

Each week on the QuaverSEL Blog, we highlight one of the core CASEL competencies and a sub-competency. Today, we’re diving into one of CASEL’s core competencies, self-management, and an activity that will help students explore self-motivation. 

Let’s dive in!

“Why do we go to school?” Have you ever heard this question in your classroom?

Take five minutes this week to explore self-motivation and to remind students that going to school is an important part of reaching our future goals.

In Lesson 25th of the Kindergarten Curriculum, you’ll find an engaging lesson called “Why We Go to School.” 

"Why We Go to School." Phrase of the Lesson

Begin class by reading aloud the phrase of the lesson: “Going to school every day will help me reach my goals.” Invite the students to explain what the phrase means to them; ask them what reasons they have for going to school that they can share with the class.

Next, it’s time to explore “Great Day,” an SELMusic song that introduces the theme of the importance of school.

SEL Song, "Great Day" introduces the theme of the importance of school.

You can also find this song in the SELMusic Library, by searching “Great Day”

A catchy song can become a very powerful means of learning for the student bringing the theme to mind in music when outside of the classroom. 

Remind students: Some mornings it can be hard to get started. Reminding ourselves of the good things that happen at school is one way to help us start our day. Today we will hear a song about a character telling herself that it’s going to be a Great Day.

After listening to “Great Day” a few times, explore the activity “Why We Go to School.” Using the purple arrows, paginate through the different reasons that we go to school and discuss them with the class.

Some examples you’ll find are:

  • We learn at school.
  • We make friends at school.
  • We learn to work with others.

On the last screen, students have an opportunity to share their favorite reason for going to school.

Activity "Why do we go to school?" students have an opportunity to share their favorite reason for going to school.

If time allows, continue the discussion about the importance of school with the activity “Taking Steps Towards My Goals.” 

The activity "Taking Steps Towards My Goals."

This screen allows students to have a conversation by practicing the following statements:

  • When I grow up, I want to be _____.
  • School will help me reach this goal because ________.

You may wish to give an example such as: “When I grow up, I want to be a veterinarian. School will help me reach this goal because I learn to work hard.”

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How do you explore self-motivation in your classroom? 

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