#1) Life Principle:

Self-discipline– the ability to choose and control one’s own actions 

Quote: “The first and best victory is to conquer self.”  --Plato  

Spanish for self-discipline: autodisciplina 

#2) Key ideas:

  • We all have the ability to be self-disciplined.
  • We make the choice to be self-disciplined in each aspect of our lives.

We build a reputation for being self-disciplined by being trustworthy in keeping our word, being on-time, well-prepared, and completing what we start.

#3) Lexicon:  SELF-DISCIPLINE    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 Self-discipline look like, sound like, feel like?
  • Use web-graphic to describe “self-discipline”, 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 Self-Discipline.  

#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 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:   What behaviors support self-discipline? 

#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 does Self-discipline look like for us?”