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What Does A Broken Escalator Have To Do With A Lesson On Personal Responsibility?

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I have a lesson on personal responsibility in my book on Helping Students Motivate Themselves, and have also posted much of the info at
The Best Resources For Helping Students (& The Rest Of Us) Learn The Concept Of Not Blaming Others.

My colleagues and I taught it this week, and the morning I was planning to do it I also saw a post called Overcoming Apathy at Coaching In And Out Of The Classroom. In it, Chris R. McGee talked about the well-known “Broken Escalator” TV commercial, which I had seen before but had forgotten.

I ended the lesson with showing the video (below) and asking students to respond to the question:What Does A Broken Escalator Have To Do With A Lesson On Personal Responsibility?

The answer was obvious, of course, but it was nevertheless a nice, simple, and entertaining way to end the lesson….

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