Character Education Lessons: Motivated and Committed Learners

Character Education - Academic Domain: Motivated and Committed Learners

Academic Domain: Motivated and Committed Learners

Students value education and are eager, committed learners who: 1) love learning as a source of personal enjoyment and growth; 2) believe that learning and education will enrich and improve their personal lives; and 3) are motivated to do well in school, graduate, and seek higher educational opportunities.

Key Beliefs:

I will be a better student if I act on the following beliefs:

  • I love learning because it’s fun and exciting and helps me grow as a person.
  • The more education I get, the more opportunities I will have to make a good living and have a good personal life.
  • Graduating from high school and seeking higher educational opportunities will improve my life and make people who care about me proud.
  • High school graduates usually make lots more money than non-graduates and college graduates usually make lots more money than high school graduates


Seek fun learning experiences to see how enjoyable learning can be.

  • Intentionally find three new things about something you really care about (comic books, motorcycles, a favorite band) and determine how you have enjoyed learning those new things.
  • List all the things you know or can do now that you didn’t know or couldn’t do last year.
  • Make connections between the skills you are developing now and opportunities for success in the future.

Quotation Posters:


  • “Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” – Arthur Ashe
  • “Successful and unsuccessful people do not vary greatly in their abilities. They vary in their desires to reach their potential.” – John Maxwell
  • “The secret of success is to do the common things uncommonly well.” – John D. Rockefeller
  • “Good things come to people who wait, but better things come to those who go out and get them.” – Unkown
  • “Strive for progress, not perfection.” – Unkown
  • “I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.” – Thomas Jefferson
  • “Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.” – Robert Collier
  • “Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein.” – H. Jackson Brown

View our character quotations library.


  • Motivation: Do you sometimes struggle with a lack of motivation? You’re supposed to be studying but instead, you end up texting your friends, watching YouTube videos, or playing games. After procrastinating for an hour or more, you finally get to work. But you just don’t feel that motivated. Sound familiar? This video clip provides strategies for developing long-term motivation for a student.
  • We Day Celebration: Students share about the We Day celebration that left them feeling excited about their efforts and motivated to continue the hard work they had started,