For MS and HS Teachers: Month 7

Week One

Day 1
Introduction

Intro

Today’s video is more than just motivational; it outlines important steps to success. We’ll be using around 90 seconds a day for the video, so you can shorten the student’s sharing time accordingly.

Watch the video only through 1:25, where the Will Smith describes how he turns down roles because of who he wanted to be.

prompt

Prompt

What were the dynamics in Will Smith’s life that led him to decide to work hard?  What was one absolute requirement that he mentioned that might be the most difficult?

Connecting

Connecting

What Will Smith mentioned was not just the commitment to work hard. It was also a commitment to who you are and who you want to be. It is the commitment to working through with strength. Talk about something kids your age can commit to, and what it might take to get to that specific goal.

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!

Prepare

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

Day 2
Introduction

Intro

We’ll continue watching the same video today. This time, listen to what Tony Robbin’s mom wanted for him, and what it was that let him choose a different path.

Watch the video until 3:44, when Tony is done speaking.

prompt

Prompt

What did you learn from what you heard?

Connecting

Connecting

We will have more commitment and success when we pursue something that involves our personal passion. What will make things different – better – is for US to change, not to hope the world will change.

challenge

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
Introduction

Intro

We’ll continue watching the same video today. Today, watch the video from 3:45 through 4:55, when Les Brown speaks. [This is not a noticeable break to stop watching, so be mindful of our stopping point.] Les mentions that clarity plus plus emotional juice is power. How you think about topics is how you will work, so be clear about your goals.

prompt

Prompt

What was one new thought you have from watching the video today?

Connecting

Connecting

Were there similarities in what you got out of the video today?

challenge

Daily Challenge

Consider some areas in your life that could benefit from greater clarity. Things 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
prompt

Community Circle

Prompt

Divide students into small circles of 4-6 each.

For the last three days we’ve been watching short snippets of a video about becoming successful at something that gives us juice — success rises from our passion. But what if you don’t know what you’re passionate about 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 passion. What can you do that still takes you in the right direction?

challenge

Daily Challenge

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

Day 5
prompt

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

Prompt

Use one of the Blue Sky Moments options listed HERE.

challenge

Daily Challenge

We all get frustrated on any given day. Today, when 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 be watching more of that great video we watched last week. Today we’ll view 5:52 – 6:47. [Watch the timer. This ends on “Change your thoughts, change your life…”]

prompt

Prompt

What are the lessons in this part of the video?

Connecting

Connecting

Changing our thoughts can change our habits. What is one thought that would be helpful to change for most teens?

challenge

Daily Challenge

Today, don’t focus on changing your habits 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
prompt

Prompt

More video! Today’s is 7:06 – 8:31.

Recognize that although they mention teens in the video, lots of this is geared for adults who have more control over their lives. Today, talk about someone who became something that was more than most other kids who have a similar upbringing. Someone who made it far, given whatever life circumstance s/he had. Remember to do this without naming names, but by giving examples.

Connecting

Connecting

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

challenge

Daily Challenge

Today, consider what you can become. Your upbringing plays a part, but doesn’t determine your future.

Day 3
prompt

Prompt

Watch the video from 8:32 to 9:50.

What was the message you heard about friendships and relationships?  For teenagers, what are the things that make relationships toxic? What makes relationships supportive?

Connecting

Connecting

What were the similarities in your conclusions?

challenge

Daily Challenge

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

Day 4
prompt

Community Circle Day

Prompt

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

Start the video at 9:51 and end at 10:34.

Note: We stop the video here because the last few seconds show a boy on a computer choosing a handgun for a video game. Please stop before that point.

Again, much about this film applies to people who are older and who have more power and choice to change their lives. Today’s video ends with, “You made an appointment to be there…” This doesn’t mean that your family’s struggles are your fault. But this statement is true the moment kids say “yes” to drugs or “yes” to buying into negative behavior, over which they DO have control.

So today in your small circles, talk about what the man in the video said right before that. “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.

challenge

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
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

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 attributes you appreciate. Some friends might be good listeners, others might make you laugh. For your time today, talk about the attributes and character traits you look for in real friends.

Connecting

Connecting

What did your thoughts and observations have in common?

challenge

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!

Day 2
prompt

Prompt

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

Connecting

Connecting

How were your perceptions similar?

challenge

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 marching band or a school club. You probably enjoy different friends for different reasons.

prompt

Prompt

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

Connecting

Connecting

Take a moment to converse about your insights.

challenge

Daily Challenge

Consider trying one of the ideas you talked about today to enlarge your friend group.

Day 4
prompt

Community Circle

Prompt

Divide students into groups of 4-6.

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

Report back to large group:  What ideas did your group have?

challenge

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.

tip

Prepare

You’ll need post-it notes for Monday and Tuesday’s prompts.

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
prompt

Prompt

Note: This is a continuation of the theme for last week. You’ll need post-it notes.

What could our school implement that would help new kids feel welcome? Write down your ideas on post-it notes.

Connecting

Connecting

Collect all the post-it notes on a flip chart or on the board. Talk about a few ideas that stand out.

challenge

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!

Day 2
prompt

Prompt

Note: You’ll need post-it notes for today’s 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? Write your ideas on post-it notes.

Connecting

Connecting

Collect all post-it notes on a flip chart or on the board next to yesterday’s thoughts. Notice the difference between the two.

challenge

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!

Day 3
prompt

Prompt

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

Connecting

Connecting

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

challenge

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.

Day 4
prompt

Community Circle

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?

challenge

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
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.