Me: Do you all know what a domino effect is? Where one domino is tapped, and it triggers all the others to fall down after it? (Students nod) Well, each of us has the power to cause that domino effect with others. And it can be for good reasons or bad, positive behaviors or negative. I want you all to be positive dominos.
Five minutes later, to the group-
Student 1: Ms. Madden? I was thinking about what you said about dominos. And I thought that if a bunch of bad dominos were falling, if one domino refused to fall, then it would stop the negative behavior.
Student 2: And if that good domino started to fall in the positive direction, it could switch the behavior of all the other dominos.
Me: (mouth open, crying happy tears that I really think this year is going to be eons better than last.)