Whenever I feel a little disappointed in a class's behavior, I like to break out the short video clip by Kid President called "Pep Talk." It's an incredibly inspirational video that both engages students and forces them to think.
After watching the video (which can be accessed for free on Youtube), I have students complete the following journal prompt and share their responses with each other. This activity helps students make the connection between their current behavior and future plans without being too pushy or demanding. It's very fun!