For Elementary Teachers: Month 8

Week One

Day 1
prompt

Prompt

This week we’ll be talking about the different types of wisdom.

Talk about being smart. When we use our intelligence for good things, it’s “wisdom of the mind.”  What’s the difference between just being smart and having “wisdom of the mind?”

Connecting

Connecting

What are some ways you’ve pursued this type of wisdom? What’s the benefit for kids your age to acquire wisdom of the mind?

challenge

Daily Challenge

Today, look for moments when you could practice more wisdom of the mind.

tip

Prepare

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

Day 2
Introduction

Intro

Yesterday we talked about wisdom of the mind — education and learning and using it well. Today we’ll talk about wisdom of the heart. This isn’t necessarily emotions, but more about compassion, emotional strength, awareness of others, and the ability to conduct yourself in a way that is considerate of others and the world around you.

prompt

Prompt

How do we acquire wisdom of the heart?

Connecting

Connecting

Is it necessary to be really smart in order to practice wisdom of the heart? What are some ways to get more heart wisdom?

challenge

Daily Challenge

Before you make decisions today, consider how that decision would affect the people around you. Where you sit, what you say, the expressions on your face — these are all things you get to choose. Let’s all choose heart-wisely today.

Day 3
prompt

Intro

Much of the time the prompts ask you to relate to something from the standpoint of how you think something might be true for others, or for kids in general.  Today’s connecting time asks you to talk about something in your own life.  Remember that you don’t have to choose anything that reveals something you don’t want the world to know about you or your life. Choose wisely what you will share. Look for an example that shows how you could apply this concept, but also something you can trust the world to know.

prompt

Prompt

Yesterday, we defined wisdom of the heart as compassion, emotional strength, awareness of others, and the ability to conduct ourselves in a way that is considerate of others and the world around us. What are ways kids your age can practice wisdom of the heart?

Connecting

Connecting

We can’t time travel, but if we could go back and change things, sometimes we would. Often, this regret about past decisions shows how much we’ve grown or learned. What is something you’d go back and do differently now that you’ve grown more wisdom of the heart?

challenge

Daily Challenge

Today, work on growing your wisdom of the heart. Be generous with others.

Day 4
prompt

Community Circle

Prompt

What is the value of wisdom of the heart? Allow each person to take a few seconds to describe how the world would be better if we all had more wisdom of the heart.

challenge

Daily Challenge

Practice wisdom of the heart. Just like any physical muscle, this heart wisdom gets stronger through exercise and intentionality.

Day 5
prompt

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

Prompt

Use one of the Blue Sky Moments options listed HERE.

challenge

Daily Challenge

Today, think about the way your stress levels alter your ability to be empathetic and generous. Work on some deep breaths when you feel stress rising so you can build your heart wisdom.

Week Two

Day 1
Introduction

Introduction

Social media (video games) often brings people stress. We all struggle with wishing we had something someone else has, comparison, fear of missing out, loneliness, and discontent. There’s pressure to get more followers, more likes, more retweets (get farther, earn more points, win more times). It’s easy to form our view of ourselves based on what others think is beautiful, funny, or valuable (how well we play a game).

prompt

Prompt

How does being stressed about social media (video games) rob us of happiness?

Connecting

Connecting

What are some ways to regain this lost happiness?

challenge

Daily Challenge

Today, be conscious of the choice you have in your own happiness when it comes to social media

(video games). Begin to take back ground today!

Day 2
prompt

Prompt

How do friends on social media (in video games) compare to friends in real life? When you think about the time you spend which each type, which type of friendship is more enjoyable?

Connecting

Connecting

What did your observations have in common?

challenge

Daily Challenge

Today, appreciate the face time you have with your friends. Consider ways you can prioritize that more today and in the days ahead.

Day 3
prompt

Prompt

Social media

can easily become an addiction.That means no matter how hard we try to stop using it, we can’t seem to stop getting on social media [playing video games].What goes on with our relationships when we’re addicted to social media

?

Connecting

Connecting

How can we recognize our own addiction to social media

? How can we work on building better relationships rather than using more social media [playing more video games]?

challenge

Daily Challenge

Today, before you take a picture or scroll through your social media accounts [play a video game], take a look around you. Instead, interact with the people around you first.

Day 4
prompt

Community Circle Day

Prompt

How can we build confidence in who we are before we go to social media [play video games], instead of going to [social media] for affirmation?

challenge

Daily Challenge

We all battle loneliness and insecurity at times. Let’s work at affirming others who are present with us before we go to social media

. Maybe you could even put your phones away for a while when you’re with your friends.

Day 5
prompt

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

Prompt

Use one of the Blue Sky Moments options listed HERE.

challenge

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
prompt

Prompt

Last week we talked about social media (video games). This week we’ll continue but focus more on options to handle the pressures that social media (video games) often brings.

Social media can often make us feel less-than. (Video games can make us feel angry.) What are some ways we can remember to consciously check in logically and emotionally about our time spent, and what we’re viewing (how we’re feeling when we play)?

Connecting

Connecting

What did you appreciate about what your partner said?

challenge

Daily Challenge

Before you check social media [play video games] today, check in with how you’re feeling. Try to figure out what is driving your need to get on social media (video games). If you’re lonely or sad and looking for a boost, see if time on social media (video games) makes you feel better or worse. This type of awareness will help you figure out what your best options are for feeling better!

tip

Prepare

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

Day 2
prompt

Prompt

It’s been said that people post on social media for two main reasons: to complain or to make themselves feel better. Why do kids your age post on social media?

Connecting

Connecting

What did you have in common? What did you learn today?

challenge

Daily Challenge

Today, check in with your emotions before you check any social media account. Think about whyyou’re posting and what need you’re trying to meet.

Day 3
prompt

Prompt

Since the advent of social media, we often forget to be present. Our conversations and time are continually bombarded by alerts, text messages, and emails. How can we value and prioritize the people around us in a way that’s meaningful to both of you?

Connecting

Connecting

What suggestions stood out the most to you? What can you change in your own life moving forward?

challenge

Daily Challenge

Today, practice being present. Consider listening fully to someone who is with you rather than allowing a phone alert interrupt your time.  See how it is to continue listening to someone rather than take out your phone when you hear an alert.

Day 4
prompt

Community Circle

Prompt

When we feel down, we often turn to social media (video games). What are some things kids our age could do to feel better that doesn’t depend on or use of social media (video games)?

challenge

Daily Challenge

Today, try a suggestion or two that was mentioned in our discussion. Little steps forward help us achieve our goals and being present is an important one!

Day 5
prompt

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

Prompt

Use one of the Blue Sky Moments options listed HERE.

challenge

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
Introduction

Intro

Watch the Kid President Video on How to Change the World through 2:20 (end of his dance).

prompt

Prompt

What stood out the most about today’s video?

Connecting

Connecting

What did your observations have in common?

challenge

Daily Challenge

Today, think about ways you can change the world around you. Even small things can make a big difference!

tip

Prepare

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

Day 2
prompt

Prompt

Yesterday’s video spoke about various ways people try to change the world:

  • Complain about it
  • Have lots of money
  • Being loud and yelling a lot
  • Make fun of everything
  • Letting the smartest people figure it out
  • Ignoring the bad
  • Being famous and super cool
  • Being powerful

Kid President observes that the world is changed by one person at a time. Today, talk about a person who has made a positive impact on your life or the lives of others.

Connecting

Connecting

What did your examples have in common?

challenge

Daily Challenge

Today, consider ways you can be a positive influence on the people around you. This is world-changing stuff!

Day 3
prompt

Prompt

Communities often have a built-in culture — ways of we do things, things we think, food we eat, etc. What are the ways your culture influences you? It could be your family culture, your heritage, your friend group… How has that shaped who you are today?

Connecting

Connecting

Were there any similar influences you’ve both had? Even if we have similar influences, we each get to choose what we do with these. This is empowering to remember that we all have the power to choose what we do with what we’re handed.

challenge

Daily Challenge

Today, focus on the positive influences you’ve had in your life. These reflections will help you grow your gratitude muscle!

Day 4
prompt

Prompt

Divide students into groups of four to six.

In your group, generate ideas on how students can help change our school culture for the better.

challenge

Daily Challenge

Today, let’s all do our part in making the rest of this year as good as it can be here at school.

Note: Have someone put all of the ideas into a list. If there is any way that some of their suggestions can be taken further and perhaps implemented, consider using that for a Community Circle in the future.  It is so much more empowering to DO something than just talk about it.

Day 5
prompt

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

Prompt

Use one of the Blue Sky Moments options listed HERE.

challenge

Daily Challenge

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