Coordinate pairs of students (even those who might not already know each other) to write in journals each week or month to non-judgmentally share with each other, without comments or criticism.
Who says a pen pals have to be long distance? Coordinate pairs of students to pass a journal back in forth, sharing what’s on their minds with each other.
Tips & Suggestions:
- Pairs can be existing friends or students who don’t know each other.
- Recruit existing pairs and coordinate students who need a pair.
- Journaling can be a therapeutic practice for high school students as it encourages individuals to process and reflect on their emotions and experiences (Utley & Garza, 2011).
- Research shows that a shared emotional connection cultivates a stronger sense of community (McMillan & Chavis, 1986; Pernau, 2017).
- Studies show that telling stories about emotional events causes substantial prosocial and psychological development (Niederhoffer & Pennebaker, 2009).