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The activities in this product leads students of various ages to understand their circle of control--what they have influence over and can change and what they cannot. Identifying what students can truly control helps them to become more proactive and reduces reactive language. This product includes two activities.
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This activity introduces students to the concept of their circle of control. We all have things we worry about or things that bother us. This activity helps students to identify what they have control over. For the events students do not have control over, it is important to point out that while they cannot change another person’s behavior, random accidents, or past events, they can change their reaction to them. They can change their mood, they can choose to be helpful, and they can make a plan to prevent the same thing occurring next time.
Whole Group Instructions:
There are two ways to use this resource. You can do the activity whole group by marking off a circle on the floor using a hula hoop or painters tape. Read a card out loud and tell students to step into the circle if this is something inside their circle of influence or to stand outside the circle if this is something they cannot control.
Individual or Small Group Instructions:
Students can work with a group or alone to sort the cards with the circle of influence paper. What they can control, they will stack inside their circle. What they cannot control, they stack outside of their circle.
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I have found that one of the best ways to illustrate the 7 habits to my students is through the use of literature. The following literature response sheet is suitable with the use any book, but I especially like using it with Wemberly Worried by Kevin Henkes and with Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst.
After completing the Circle of Influence sorting activity, read a book and look to see what the character worries about. Use the response sheet to write whether the character’s worries were in their control or out of their control. Discuss whether or not the character is being proactive. How can they control their response to situations they cannot control?
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