8. Accept and give praise

"...praise we give to others flows, at least in part, from a transcending of our Selves."  --Dr. Forni

 

Activities:

  1. Practice complimenting your classmates.  Use sentences that begin with:
    • I appreciate the way you....
    • Thanks for going all out when....
    • One of the things I enjoy most about you is....
    • Our team couldn't be successful without your....
    • You did an outstanding job of....
    • You have a great ability to....
    • I admire the way you....
  2. Tape a piece of paper to the back of each student.  Have students mill around the room.  As they are milling, students should write positive comments (and only positive comments) on the pieces of paper taped to students' backs.  When all students have something positive written on their backs, students may stop walking and read the paper taped to their backs.  (This activity works best with students who trust and respect one another.) (Great Group Games)
  3. Play Hug Tag.  (This is an activity that will work best with groups who are comfortable hugging one another.)  Just like regular tag, one person is "it" and must try to tag another player.  In this game, players are only safe from "it" when they hug another player.  Hugs can only last for three seconds.  Make sure one person doesn't stay "it" the entire time...so that everyone can benefit from hugs.  (Best New Games

Discussion questions:

  1. When should you give a compliment? 
  2. Is is still a compliment if you don't mean it? 
  3. How does praising others help us to be more civil?

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