For Elementary Teachers: Month 7

Week One

Day 1
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Prompt

Sometimes learning important things can be really difficult. Maybe it’s learning to ride your bike, play an instrument, or memorize your multiplication facts. What’s the reward of working hard?

Connecting

Connecting

It’s helpful to keep remembering how good it will be when we finally master what we’re working hard to learn. It takes commitment, and it takes strength in the inside. Talk about something kids your age can commit to, and what it might take to get to that specific goal.

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Daily Challenge

Consider a goal that you would like to pursue and think through what it would take for you to accomplish that goal. No matter how difficult, commitment to hard work will help you get there!

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Prepare

Thursday will be a Community Circle and Friday will be Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction.

Day 2
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Prompt

Sometimes what we want may seem too hard to accomplish. What can help us to keep practicing? What are some ways to remember what we’re practicing for?

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Connecting

Occasionally, it’s tempting to blame someone else when we don’t reach our goals. “If only my bike were nicer… if only my instrument didn’t squeak… But the real key to reaching our goals is to be willing to change OURSELVES and how we’re doing things. Talk with your partner about something kids your age can change to reach a goal they have.

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Daily Challenge

Today, look for just one moment when you can do something bigger, something better, one moment when you can become more of who you really want to be.

Day 3
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Prompt

Reaching goals is so much easier when we know exactly what we want to accomplish. This is called clarity.   Rather than “I’m going to get better at math” or “I’m going to be good at music,” set a goal that is specific. Maybe you want to learn all your math facts by a certain date. Or you want to learn a particular song by next Friday.

What was one new specific idea you have about your goals?

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Connecting

Were there similarities in what your partner mentioned?

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Daily Challenge

Consider some areas in your life that could benefit from greater clarity. Think through these and gain some clarity so you can achieve your goals. You’ll be so proud of what you accomplish as a result!

Day 4
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Community Circle

Prompt

Divide students into small circles of 4-6 each.

For the last three days we’ve been learning about goals. But what if you don’t know what want to accomplish yet? Some of you might really know what you want to do with your lives and lots of you might not know that yet.

In your small circles, make sure everyone has the chance to contribute ideas about what you can do while you’re still figuring out your goals. What can you do that still takes you in the right direction?

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Daily Challenge

Today, consider one small step you can take towards an interest you have.

Day 5
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Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

Prompt

Use one of the Blue Sky Moments options listed HERE.

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Daily Challenge

We all get frustrated on any given day. Today, if you feel frustration building, take a few moments to breathe deeply so you can maintain perspective. It will help you solve problems!

Week Two

Day 1
Introduction

Introduction

This week, we’ll keep talking about goals. Did you know that if we can change the way we think about things, we can change a whole lot about our life? Here’s an example: sometimes when kids are young, they’re afraid of the dark. As they get older, that fear goes away. They’ve learned to think differently about darkness.

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Prompt

What are some things you’ve learned to think differently about now that you’re older? What has it helped you accomplish?

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Connecting

Changing our thoughts can change our habits. What is one thought that would be helpful to change for kids your age?

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Daily Challenge

Today, don’t focus on changing what you do as much as changing your thoughts. What is one change you can make in your thinking that will make a big difference in your life? Write that positive thought somewhere you can see it and keep it within sight for the next week or so.

Day 2
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Prompt

We watched a video a few weeks ago about two different athletes. We’ll watch it again today, but this time we’ll be looking for something different. Here’s the video:

Watch the video until the boy finishes batting (1:16).

Talk about what these boys probably had to change about their thinking to start down the path they’re each on.

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Connecting

What did you notice that was similar? What did your partner mention that you may not have considered before?

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Daily Challenge

Today, consider what you can become. What you tell yourself right now can play a big part in all you’ll accomplish in the future.

Day 3
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Prompt

What are the things that make relationships not go so well? What makes relationships supportive?

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Connecting

What were the similarities in your conclusions?

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Daily Challenge

Today, look for ways to be a supportive friend to the people around you.

Day 4
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Community Circle Day

Prompt

Divide the class into small circles of 4-6 people.

Sometimes kids your age don’t feel like they have any control over their lives. But the moment kids say “yes” to drugs or “yes” to buying into negative behavior or negative thinking, they’re making decisions on things over which they DO have control.

Today in your small circles, talk about this statement: “If you do what is hard, your life will be easier. If you do what is easy, your life will be hard.” Talk about the truth in that statement. Make sure everyone has the opportunity to contribute.

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Daily Challenge

Think about all the choices you get to make every single day. Today, consider doing what is hard so life goes a little easier for you.

Day 5
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Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

Prompt

Use one of the Blue Sky Moments options listed HERE.

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Daily Challenge

Today if you feel overwhelmed, close your eyes for a moment and envision the place that makes you feel at peace. You can’t always go there physically, but you can visit it in your mind. Often, this is enough to calm us down.

Week Three

Day 1
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Prompt

Note: This week we’re going to focus on friendship. In the 5 Radical Minutes student surveys, many students mention that they wish they could make friends.

When you think about having real friends, there are probably a range of qualities you appreciate. Some friends might be good listeners, others might make you laugh. For your time today, talk about the qualities you look for in real friends.

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Connecting

What did your thoughts and observations have in common?

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Daily Challenge

Today, notice the people around you. What people demonstrate some of the qualities you appreciate in real friends? Make an effort to get to know them better!

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Prepare

Note: Thursday is a Community Circle and Friday is another Blue Sky Moment.

Day 2
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Prompt

Today, talk about some of the things kids your age can do to be good friends to others.

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Connecting

How were your thoughts similar?

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Daily Challenge

Today, focus on being a good friend to those around you. Reflect the qualities you appreciate in others.

Day 3
Introduction

Intro

Today, think about how you’ve made your friends. You might find that some are friends because they’ve lived in your neighborhood and you’ve known them for a long time. Some are kids you met doing an activity that you enjoy, like sports or band or a school club. You probably enjoy different friends for different reasons.

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Prompt

What are the reasons for kids to make their circle of friends bigger and what are some of ways kids can do that?

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Take a moment to talk together about your ideas.

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Daily Challenge

Consider trying one of the ideas you talked about today to make some new friends.

Day 4
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Community Circle

Prompt

Feel free to divide your students into groups of 4-6 or do as a whole class circle.

What are activities our school could sponsor that could allow kids to meet new people and perhaps have friendships grow out of these activities?

If you’ve divided into smaller groups, have everyone report back to the large group with one of the best ideas in each small group.

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Daily Challenge

This week has probably shown you that most kids want more friends. This should give you confidence that you’re not alone. Today, consider a way that you and your current friend group could invite a few more people in.

Day 5
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Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

Prompt

Use one of the Blue Sky Moments options listed HERE.

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Daily Challenge

Being calm helps us to feel better and more in control. Carve out a few more moments of intentional calm before your day is over.

Week Four

Day 1
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Prompt

What could our school do that would help new kids feel welcome?

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Connecting

Talk about a few ideas that stand out to you.

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Daily Challenge

Put yourself in the shoes of a new student at your school. What would the experience be like? Today, practice compassion with those around you. Look for ways to help. They might not be new students, but they still have struggles and a friendly face can make a big difference! If you have a really great idea, share it with me sometimes today! I’ll write your ideas down for our class.

Note: Collect those ideas for future use.

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Prepare

Thursday is a Community Circle and Friday will be a Blue Sky Moment.

Day 2
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Prompt

Yesterday we talked about the school’s role in welcoming new students. Today, we’re getting personal. What can students do as individuals to help new kids feel welcome?

Connecting

Connecting

Notice the difference between the yesterday’s ideas and today’s ideas.

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Daily Challenge

Today, take personal responsibility for your actions. New students aren’t the only ones who appreciate a warm, welcoming person around. Let’s fill the halls, classrooms, and lunchroom with warmth and helpfulness today! If you have a really great idea, share it with me sometimes today! I’ll write your ideas down for our class.

Day 3
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Prompt

What could classroom teachers do to help new kids feel welcome?

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Connecting

What ideas did you have in common? Would these ideas work for every teacher?

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Daily Challenge

Today, think about the ways you, with your own unique personality and character traits, can be helpful to others in a genuine way. Practice a few of those things today with those around you. If you have a really great idea, share it with me today! I’ll write your ideas down for our class.

Day 4
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Prompt

If you were going to organize a Newcomer’s Club, how could that look? How would it work? How would current students be a part of its success?

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Daily Challenge

We all play a role in the way our school welcomes new people. Today, be the person you would want if you were starting at a new school. See how behaving this way changes the course of your day.

Day 5
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Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

Prompt

Use one of the Blue Sky Moments options listed HERE.

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Daily Challenge

Staying calm and relaxed helps us make better decisions. Before you make decisions today, try taking a few deep breaths first.