These questions are designed to initiate conversations to expand growth mindset and social-emotional learning. This week’s topic is seeing good in everyday life. The discussion provides opportunities to apply the affirmation to each of the five core competencies of social and emotional learning.
We provide the idea-starters with the intent that teachers can develop creative variations to adapt to age-appropriate use for their students.
SEL Discussion Resource: I AM BLESSED
- Write or say the affirmation together: I am blessed.
- If someone is unhappy all of the time, what effect do you think it has on their life?
- What emotions do you experience when you think everything is going wrong?
- Gratitude is a big part of our happiness and sense of being blessed. Think of one thing you’re grateful for. Now close your eyes and think of how it makes you feel. (Have students express that feeling in a movement, a drawing, or other creative expression.)
- If your emotions are negative, how can you redirect your thoughts away from the negative to see what is positive? Do you write in a journal? Talk to a friend? Say an affirmation? List some ideas.
- What do you think makes a person happy?
- Why do you think some people can be happy even when they have problems?
- If you’re having a rough day, what are some choices you have that are within your control, even if you can’t control the situation? Finish this statement: I can choose to __________.
- Describe the facial expressions and emotions you might see from a person who is happy and content (blessed).
- What are some ways you can bring joy to others and bless them?
- Relationships with other people can help us to feel happier. Describe how friends can be a blessing (a good thing) to have. What things does a friend do that helps someone else to feel loved and accepted?
- How does a friend bring happiness and joy?
- What could YOU do that helps your friend feel blessed?
Next week’s SEL focus: I AM COURAGEOUS
To find the full-size posters to use in your classroom (or the magnet or postcard size) visit our store.
Suggestion for virtual learning:
- Purchase a pack of 30 postcards for the teacher to hold the appropriate one up to the screen during discussion.
- Purchase a pack of 30 small hand-off notes for each student to have at home with them. This allows for an interactive and hands-on experience.