Let Every Lesson be Your Last
Lesson!
Jerrold Frank
Regional English Language Officer
U.S. Embassy Kyiv
Your Last Lesson…
What is a virtue?
Virtue is moral excellence. A virtue is a
positive trait or quality deemed to be
morally good and thus i...
Virtues we can promote in our classes
Acceptance Dignity Helpfulness Orderliness Tolerance
Assertive Encourage Honesty Pas...
Incorporate Virtues in your Classes
1. Select a list of virtues you wish to emphasize.
2. Model the behavior you expect to...
Virtues Activities
• Virtue of the week Diagram
• Virtues Role Plays
• Name that Virtue
• Secret Pal Program
• Integrate V...
Virtues Diagram
Excellence
Give your
best to
everything
Plan and
Practice
Set noble
goals
Develop
your gifts
Glad-Mad-Sad-Scared Game
Make up cards with faces representing each of
these words. Place them in the center of a circle
a...
What gift of character are we really
calling students to when we say…
1. Stop your talking. A. respect
2. Get back to work...
Acknowledge-Thank-Correct
Acknowledge: I want to acknowledge you for
your purposefulness in starting your work right
away....
Integrate Virtues in your Curriculum
• Acknowledge Virtues when you see them.
• Guide students to practice a virtue when y...
Building a Classroom Community
• Class meetings where all students have a voice
in developing goals and rules.
• Cooperati...
Classroom Reflection
• What is your PURPOSE? Name a goal which is
important to you and say why.
• What have you done so fa...
Purposefulness Reflection Questions
• Name three famous successful people. How do
you think they practiced purposefulness....
Drawing Purposefulness
Draw three symbols or pictures of three goals
you want to accomplish in the next three
months, or m...
Poster Points
• Living on purpose
• Keep your eyes on the prize
• A designer life
Quotes
“If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will
take you there.” Lewis B. Carol
“If you always do what you alw...
Service Learning Projects
• Brainstorm the needs students see in their
town or in the world. Ask “What touches your
compas...
The End!
Jerrold Frank
frankjj@state.gov
americanenglish.state.gov
https://www.coursera.org/course/sha
ping1landscape and ...
Let every lesson be your last lesson! (1)
Let every lesson be your last lesson! (1)
Let every lesson be your last lesson! (1)
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  1. 1. Let Every Lesson be Your Last Lesson! Jerrold Frank Regional English Language Officer U.S. Embassy Kyiv
  2. 2. Your Last Lesson…
  3. 3. What is a virtue? Virtue is moral excellence. A virtue is a positive trait or quality deemed to be morally good and thus is valued as a foundation of principle and good moral being.
  4. 4. Virtues we can promote in our classes Acceptance Dignity Helpfulness Orderliness Tolerance Assertive Encourage Honesty Passionate Trust Authenticity Enthusiasm Honor Patience Truthful Beauty Ethical Humility Peace Understand Caring Excellence Idealism Persevere Unity Commitment Fairness Integrity Prepared Visionary Compassion Faith Imaginative Purposeful Wisdom Confidence Flexibility Joyfulness Reliability Wonder Considerate Forgiveness Justice Respectful Contentment Friendliness Kindness Responsible Cooperation Generosity Love Self- discipline Courage Gentleness Loyalty Service Creativity Graciousness Moderation Sincerity Control Gratitude Modesty Tact Determined Harmonious Optimistic Tenacious
  5. 5. Incorporate Virtues in your Classes 1. Select a list of virtues you wish to emphasize. 2. Model the behavior you expect to help students connect with real world applications. 3. Integrate virtues training in your regular curriculum instead of artificially separating it out as a discrete topic. 4. Build a classroom community that thrives on mutual kindness and respect. 5. Encourage students to reflect on poor choices and behaviors in terms of virtues. 6. Involve students in a variety of service learning projects from planning to completion.
  6. 6. Virtues Activities • Virtue of the week Diagram • Virtues Role Plays • Name that Virtue • Secret Pal Program • Integrate Virtues into Songs • Virtues Games • Skits • Daily readings • Group Discussions • Post Virtues Posters in Hallways
  7. 7. Virtues Diagram Excellence Give your best to everything Plan and Practice Set noble goals Develop your gifts
  8. 8. Glad-Mad-Sad-Scared Game Make up cards with faces representing each of these words. Place them in the center of a circle and model for students by doing this yourself. 1. Choose a card (they can be face up or face down). 2. With everyone listening in a Virtues Sharing Circle say, “I feel SAD when I…” or I feel GLAD when I…Say something specific, e.g. “I feel SAD when I have a cold and I miss a day of teaching, 3. After a few rounds of each person picking a card, have the person on the left acknowledge the person to the right for the virtue they noticed in them while the were sharing.
  9. 9. What gift of character are we really calling students to when we say… 1. Stop your talking. A. respect 2. Get back to work. B. orderliness 3. Clean up this mess. C. Self-discipline 4. Don’t talk back to me. D. purposefulness
  10. 10. Acknowledge-Thank-Correct Acknowledge: I want to acknowledge you for your purposefulness in starting your work right away. Correct: Please be orderly and hang up your coat. Thank: Thank you for your cooperation.
  11. 11. Integrate Virtues in your Curriculum • Acknowledge Virtues when you see them. • Guide students to practice a virtue when you know they are about to need it. • Correct misbehavior by naming the virtue involved- replace shaming with naming. • Focus on what you DO want, not what you don’t want • Use virtues language to be specific. • Name the act, not the actor. • Use a multi-sensory approach in introducing virtues into your regular curriculum through games, songs, and special activities. • Have a “Virtue of the Week” Program.
  12. 12. Building a Classroom Community • Class meetings where all students have a voice in developing goals and rules. • Cooperative learning activities. • Buddies programs. • Teach conflict resolution. • Turn the school into a laboratory where students practice the kinds of roles and cope with the kinds of challenges they will face later in life.
  13. 13. Classroom Reflection • What is your PURPOSE? Name a goal which is important to you and say why. • What have you done so far? Name three things you have accomplished so far in your life. • A Purposeful Challenge: Practice saying purposeful three times fast.
  14. 14. Purposefulness Reflection Questions • Name three famous successful people. How do you think they practiced purposefulness. • What are the biggest distractions when you are trying to get something done? • What can you do to stay focused? • What is something you are purposeful about? • How important is a sense of purpose to success? • When do you find it easiest to concentrate and stay focused? • Make three goals you would like to accomplish in the next three months.
  15. 15. Drawing Purposefulness Draw three symbols or pictures of three goals you want to accomplish in the next three months, or make a collage using magazine pictures and words to stand for your three month goals.
  16. 16. Poster Points • Living on purpose • Keep your eyes on the prize • A designer life
  17. 17. Quotes “If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will take you there.” Lewis B. Carol “If you always do what you always did, you’ll always get what you always got.” Lait Ribeiro “Everyone should carefully observe which way his heart draws him, and then choose that way with all his strength.” Jewish proverb “The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting with the first one.” Mark Twain “Always act, always walk, always proceed. Neither stand still nor go back…” St. Augustine “Strong reasons make strong actions.” Unknown
  18. 18. Service Learning Projects • Brainstorm the needs students see in their town or in the world. Ask “What touches your compassion?” • Choose a simple act of service that can make a difference and is respectful to those that can be helped. • Create a task force in your class to do different parts of it, keep a log of activities, and report each week. • Be sure to celebrate the completion of the project by reflecting on the virtues that were involved in completing the project.
  19. 19. The End! Jerrold Frank frankjj@state.gov americanenglish.state.gov https://www.coursera.org/course/sha ping1landscape and for part II at https://www.coursera.org/course/sha ping2paths.

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