The Most Important Person in the World!

by Trish Turbett

This was an activity I did with my 1st and 2nd graders at the beginning of the school year to boost their self-esteem from the start. I sat at the front of the classroom with a covered shoebox on my lap. I explained to the students that each one would be called up to the front of the room, one at a time, to learn who was the most important person in the world. I also told them that, once they were called up, they couldn't tell anyone else in the classroom what they saw when they went back to their seat, as everyone had to see for themselves who the most important person in the world is. When I opened the lid and they saw who the most important person in the world is, each and every student was amazed to see themselves looking back in the mirror that was taped to the bottom of the box! Great activity to do with young children, and maybe even the older ones as well!

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Sep 14, 2015
by: Anonymous

self esteem is an important part of ones self motivation to make the journey towards success more easy and fast. I like this interesting lesson very much.

Aug 10, 2015
by: Jennifer Smith

Such activities are helpful in boosting self-esteem in 1st and 2nd graders. Its a new activity for me and I think small kids may not be able to understand it correctly but I think it will work with 2-3 attempts.

Mar 31, 2015
by: Benny

Well, I loved the idea you have implemented here in order to build the self confidence and belief in oneselves. It will make them think that they do have something special that makes them important and would make them work for it.

Dec 11, 2010
A wonderful teaching tool
by: Mykal Holt

While working with the Brazilian chapter of the YWAM organization I took a 'GEKA' class via the University of Nations. We did this exercise in a very difficult class that teaches people to help children in extreme situations: Children of war, infant soldiers, AIDS/HIV children, abused/neglected children, gypsy kids, etc.
I'm so glad to see that this wonderful concept is also being taught up here in America.

It's amazing to watch each persons face, child and adult alike, as they open the box and stare in facination. This exercise definitely changes peoples views of themselves quickly.

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