Developing the Life Principle:   ESPRIT DE CORPS  

#1) Life Principle:

ESPRIT DE CORPS– Devotion among members of a group for each other and group’s purpose

Quote:Alone we can do little; together we can do so much.”    --Helen Keller  

#2) Key ideas:

  • We all have the ability to work with others for a common purpose.
  • We can decide to take advantage of opportunities to work and learn with others.

We build self-confidence and abilities by working with others

#3) Lexicon:  Esprit de Corps    Elementary     MS/HS

  • Break the word into pieces
  • Sound out the word
  • Find the root word
  • Select synonyms that support

#4) Describing the process:

  • What would Esprit de Corps look like, sound like, feel like?

Use web-graphic to describe “Esprit de Corps”, and using complete sentences add supporting details.

#5) Introduce the Question Focus: State topic for questions.  QFT – Question Formulation Technique

“Our Question Focus for this lesson is about Esprit de Corps.”

#6) Produce the Questions: 
Materials needed: white paper and markers         
Allow about 10 minutes

  1. Ask as many questions as you can.
  2. Change any statements into questions.
  3. Write down every question as it is stated.
  4. Do not stop to discuss, judge, or answer the questions.

#7) Improve questions:                                             

  1. Identify open and closed ended questions              
  2. Change questions: select one question to change from open to closed-ended and one closed questions to open-ended.

Allow 4-8 minutes.

#8) Prioritize questions:                                    
State the lesson plan criteria/guidelines, and ask learners to identify 2-3 questions they think are most important.     
Allow 10-20 minutes

Group Share Out: Have each group share their rationale for choosing priority questions.             
Allow about 10 minutes.

#9) Discuss Next Steps:                                        
“What are we going to do with these questions?”
(Whole Group Discussion – outcome to align with lesson objectives.)

Sample: Discuss developing Esprit de Corps within the classroom.

#10) Reflect: Individual and Group Reflection:
Ask a topic related question for learners to reflect upon briefly in writing about what they have learned.

Discuss and report in small or whole group.
Sample: “What will Esprit de Corps look like for us?”