Students reflect on and discuss how focusing on the strengths and successes of each individual in the classroom can help everyone to feel more safe and comfortable.
Students will be able to:
- Reflect on and discuss how focusing on the strengths and successes of each individual in the classroom can help everyone to feel more safe and comfortable
- Identify the strengths and successes of their classmates
- Contribute to a discussion about the strengths of all students in the classroom
Large drawing or poster paper, writing utensils, decorative art supplies
|Little or no prompting is necessary before this activity so that students can bring their own ideas to the conversation without feeling like there is a “right” answer. Encourage students to respond authentically. You may want to play music during this time.|
|Some helpful questions to guide this activity are:
|If you think there is a chance that students will write something unkind on someone’s shield, you can collect the shields, read through all of them first, and then distribute.|
Display shields around the classroom.
Wrap up the activity by asking students the formative assessment questions below.
|Give students ample time to complete this reflection and to provide a full answer to the final question. You may want to give a guideline for length for this last question (i.e., please write 5-6 full sentences in your description).|
Connections to Other Emotions
Sharing strengths, successes, and positive thoughts about each other may also foster the emotions of connected and supported.
Criteria for Success/Formative Assessment
- How did it feel to identify and write about someone else’s strengths or successes?
- How did it feel to read the strengths or successes others wrote about you?
- How can being aware of each other’s strengths and successes help everyone in the classroom to feel safe and comfortable?