If we want kids to be internally motivated, we must provide them with opportunities to think about the kind of person that they want to be. The bulletin board pictured above was created by the children of Evergreen School Division with the help of facilitator Joan Mayhew. She asked the kids to think about the kind of footprint they want to leave in the world.
Once kids have thought about the kind of person they want to be, we can encourage them to self-evaluate. Instead of lecturing kids about what they should be doing, we can instead ask them if they are acting in the way that the person they want to be would act in this situation. What would a caring person do in this situation? How would a loving person react? It is much more effective to help people to figure things out for themselves as opposed to simply telling tsomeone what we think they should do.
Thanks so much, Joan, for sharing this great activity!
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