In a growing world where our senses are stimulated every second, we must be sure to teach our students wellbeing tools to manage their journey.

 

Here are some tools and resources you can use in your classrooms.

 

FREE DOWNLOADABLE RESOURCES  arrow_left download

 

Reachout – My Wellbeing, My Classroom

Reachout – Building resilience in young people

Black Dog Institute – Mental tough for kids

Beyond Blue – SenseAbility Program

 

Do you know the CHARACTER STRENGTHS of the students in your classroom?

Get them to do this FREE test now, simply click on the image below

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What about MINDFULNESS?

Here are a heap of resources of how to use Mindfulness in the classroom;

 

 

CLASSROOM ACTIVITIES TO USE

1. Journal

Get yourself an A5 book and call it your DREAM JOURNAL. Cover it with pictures that inspire you. grattitude

Find a quote that inspires you and write it in large letters on the first page of your journal.

Use this quote to create a title page for your journal

Remember to dedicate this journal to you by decorating your name and writing it clearly on the inside cover, have a look at other books to get an idea of their dedications

Now explain in one paragraph, why you chose this quote and what it means to you. Describe your cover page and or title page, if someone didn’t know you and was to pick up your book, what might they say about you as a person just by looking at it?

Write down three things every day you are grateful for

Let your imagination run free with pictures, symbols and stories of things that inspire you.

Let this journal be a record of your imagination and how you want your life to be. It also forms a record of how your life is and the journey you are on.

This is the beginning of your own self education – play with it and have fun

Check out these APPS

The Happy Tapper Gratitude Journal

A Collection of Gratitude apps

 

2. Dare to Dream

Looking into the future and developing a picture of what it is we want is not always an easy thing to do. The greater the thought we put into it, the clearer we can be about living our dreams.

Below is one way that could be used to help us become clear about living our dream, hence why it is called the DREAM Model.

Use the DREAM Model to ask a partner the following questions, then have them ask you the same questions.

Once you have both finished answering, read the questions again and write your own answers in your journal. These answers could be the same as you answered for your discussion or completely different.

Remember that there is no right or wrong answer, just your thoughts and feelings.

Questions:

D-ream: Imagine your life a few years from now. What would you love to be doing, seeing and feeling? Why is this important to you? By achieving this, what will it give you?

R-ight now: Describe your life now. What do you do, see and feel in an average day? What is the gap between your dream and your reality?

E-valuate: What things or people, could support in you in achieving your dream experience. What might be the barriers?

A-lternatives: What options or choices do you have? What might be the outcome of these?

M-ake a decision: Given this information, what are you going to do today, tomorrow and this week to move ONE step closer to your dream? Program?

 

Check out these DREAM and GOAL SETTING cards from Innovative Resources

 

“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For while knowledge defines all we currently know and understand, imagination points to all we might yet discover and create.”

– Albert Einstein

3. Biography

Choose a well known person who has overcome adversity. Somebody who has shown resilience, inner strength and commitment in achieving greatness. This may be a local hearo, a global leader, the captain of a national sporting team or a political figure. You may draw on information you have studied in the past or complete a new study. Answer the following questions:

a) Give an overview of this persons story and why you chose it

b) Describe how this person inspires

c) Map or graph the feelings this person had throughout their story using a scale of 1-10. (10 is elated and happy to be alaive, 1 is severally depressed)

d) Did this person have a group of people to support them? How did they do this?

e) What thoughts encouraged this person to stay committed to achieving their dreams?

 

“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career, I’ve lost almost 300 games, 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the winning shot and missed, I’ve failed over and over in my life, and that is why I succeed.”

– Michael Jordan

4. Vision Boardvision-board-example

Use magazines, photos, brochures or other visuals to think about the life of your dreams. If you could do anything, be anything and have anything what would this be. How would it look? Who would be with you? Where are you living? What career are you in? What do yo have? How do you feel?

Use the magazines and other material to cut out words or pictures that show your dream picture – really play with this idea and dream big – dreams are free and you are the only person in charge of your own imagination.

Take your time in finding the pictures and words, set them our on a piece of cardboard or A3 piece of paper. Once you are happy with how it looks, begin sticking it down, adding other pictures and writing some words that inspire you and support you. Place yor poster up on the wall where you can see it everyday.

Give it a Go!

 

5. “Think & Grow Rich Poem”

If you think you are beaten, you are,
If you think you dare not, you don’t
If you like to win, but you think you cant,
It is almost certain you wont.

If you think you’ll lose, you’re lost
For out of the world we find,
Success begins with a person’s will –
It’s all a state of mind.

If you think you are outclassed, you are,
You’ve got to think high rise.
You’ve got to be sure of yourself before
You can ever win a prize.

Life’s battles don’t always go
To the stronger and the fatser man
But soon or late the one who wins
Is the one who thinks he CAN!

Get a copy of the poem and put it up in your classroom

Click here – What you think – Poem TW

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