1. Pay attention

"Only after we notice the world can we begin to care for it." --Dr. Forni



  1. Play I Spy to demonstrate paying attention to what is around us. 
  2. Ask students to list the subtle differences between two similar pictures.  For pictures visit http://www.2flashgames.com/f/f-426.htm
  3. Ask students to imagine they are in an art museum.  One student should play the museum guard.  Other students should pose as statues.  If a statue moves AND the guard sees it, that statue is "out".  If the guard does not notice, the statue may stay in the game.  The game continues until all statues are "out".  (EM)
  4. Play "Tick Check."  Hand out a clothespin or binder clip (the "tick") to one or two people.  They have to put the tick on someone and it gets passed around from person to person.  Call out “Tick Check”, find out who has it on them.  Whoever has the tick(s) has to do something goofy like sing a song, tell a story, do a dance, or you can have the group say 3 nice things about the person. (EM)


Discussion questions:

  1. Read the passage on page 35 that begins with, “Several middle schoolers," and ends with, "hush her friends.”  How was this student paying attention? What actions did she take, based on that information? How does that relate to your definition of civility?
  2. Dr. Forni writes about passing the salt an pepper shakers together.  How does this involve paying attention?  How does that relate to your definition of civility?
  3. How does paying attention help us to be civil?
  4. How does paying attention relate to the other 24 rules?