Each lesson on values follows a pattern designed to help everyone participate and accept the choice of developing each value in their own lives.
Lesson body: This section contains information about the value being learned.
Participants will take turns reading paragraphs from this section aloud. Participants
are encouraged to underline key thoughts and ideas that capture their attention.
Benefits: This section shows the participant what benefits they will experience when
they apply the value to their life.
Discussion: Each participant will be asked to share something they underlined in the
lesson and why it was important to them. They will also share answers to questions
in the lessons.
Evaluation: Each participant will rate himself on how well he demonstrates the
lesson’s value in his life and identify ways to improve in that area. Participants will
be asked to share their answers with the group.
Action: Each lesson will challenge a value to be applied to the students’ lives.
Sometimes the lessons will provide opportunities for students to share the action
step they committed to during the previous session and what resulted.
Although personal growth does happen individually, the small group process allows participants to gain immediate feedback on their own responses and learn from the experiences of others. When students are transparent, it creates an environment where participants feel comfortable sharing their experiences. The small group method allows groups to create a close community in which they support and encourage one another. As participants develop relationships and grow in their understanding of each value, it strengthens transformation that comes through their own choice of personal growth.