Every Monday is a New Topic
To have students describe the difference between choosing to do something and being told to do it, and then to state the importance of assuming responsibility for things that need to be done.
Today we’re going to talk about taking the initiative — about accepting responsibility without being told to by an adult. Our topic is, “A Time I Helped Without Being Asked.”
Think of a time when you saw something that needed to be done and took it upon yourself to do it. No one had to tell you or ask you or even hint to you that it needed doing. Maybe you walked into the kitchen one evening and saw a sink full of dirty dishes and, instead of just ignoring the mess, you cleaned it up. Or maybe you saw someone drop and spill or break something and you got down and helped pick up the pieces. Perhaps a neighbor was searching up and down the street for a missing pet and you joined in. Or you might have stayed to help a teacher straighten up a classroom after school. You can probably think of lots of times when you decided on your own to take responsibility. Tell us about one of those times. The topic is, “A Time I Helped Without Being Asked.”
— How did you feel when you helped without being asked?
— How would your feelings have been different if you had been asked, or even ordered, to do the same thing?
— What does it mean to be a responsible person?
— Why is it important for each of us to take responsibility for things that need to be done?