Lower Lab Values Modesty (or not being boastful)
Boris the Boastful Frog
Written by Karen Hodgson and Steve Cox
As we make our New Year’s resolutions, we tend to think about being kinder, eating healthier, doing more exercise, keeping our homework neater, and such. As our Lower Lab Values continues, we like to think of the social emotional learning necessary to being a better friend, sibling, son or daughter, student and (ultimately) person. However, through Lower Lab Values, we like to emphasize not only the qualities we want to have, but also those we do not want to have. That list can and should be equally long.
Being modest is about being humble. It is also about not being boastful. It is about not bragging about what we have or that which we do well. Lower Lab students, as well as their parents and teachers do so many things well. For this we are grateful (remember got gratitude?), but the value we want to now feature is modesty, or not being boastful.
Boris the Boastful Frog is a colorful, humorous book that features a bold frog, who is big and strong and handsome. He is also quite capable. He can do anything. He could swim, jump, dive and catch flies better than anyone else. But one day his boasting got the better of him and things do not turn out so well for our main character. This entertaining story teaches a valuable lesson about the dangers of bragging.
This month, let us launch some great conversations around modesty and not being boastful. Some good activities and discussion may be yielded from the following:
- Can you think of another ending for this story, after Boris met the toad?
- Did Boris have friends? Why or why not?
- Do you remember a time when you were excited about something you did really well, better than anyone else? What did that feel like? What did you say or do?
- Do you like winning? Why or why not?
- When a friend brags about something they have, or something they can do, how does that make you feel?
- What can you say to a friend who is boastful?
- Can you think of a time when you were modest? What was the situation?
For older students:
- Is competing important?
- Successful people share their credit. What does this say about modesty?
Sandy Miller 2018