These questions are designed to spark conversation with students to expand growth mindset and social-emotional learning. This week’s topic is about being self-disciplined. The discussion provides opportunities to apply the affirmation to each of the five core competencies of social and emotional learning.

SEL Discussion Resource: I AM DISCIPLINED


  • Let’s say the affirmation together. I am disciplined.
  • What does it mean when someone is self-disciplined?
  • If someone is not very disciplined, what behaviors might be a clue to help them identify this?


  • What might a self-disciplined person do if they were feeling distracted from doing their homework?
  • Name a difficult choice that a disciplined person would need to make if they wanted to finish an assignment or project.

Responsible decision-making

  • What might be a challenge someone would have when they are working to be more self-disciplined?
  • Describe a positive outcome from being a disciplined person.

Social awareness

  • How might we accidentally make it more difficult for another person to be self-disciplined?
  • Describe at least one solution for the problem you just identified. How can we change our habits to help other people with their self-discipline?

 Relationship skills

  • If each person in a group practices self-discipline, how could this help the whole group to me more positive and productive?
  • What is one way we can be disciplined when it comes to the words we say?


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Suggestion for virtual learning:

  • Purchase a pack of 30 postcards for the teacher to hold the appropriate one up to the screen during discussion.
  • Purchase a pack of 30 small hand-off notes for each student to have at home with them. This allows for an interactive and hands-on experience.