The self-image unit
After teaching middle and high school kids, I’ve learned that teens make decisions based on thoughts and feelings never realizing, they can think and feel 180 degrees away from their goals. My lessons engage the student in simple practical social skills/techniques that many of our students have not been taught much less practiced. My lessons walk students thru a productive way to handle life’s bumps, bruises and mistakes. Instead of acting on emotions, students learn to think thru solutions by portraying the role of a professional advice columnist.
Lesson 1 I Am List—students choose descriptive words that they believe describes them absolutely perfectly. These words represent how the student sees themselves. These are important and powerful words; they represent how a student thinks and feels about themselves (in short their self-image).
Lesson 2 Dear Abby — Carol, A survivor—personifies the importance of an objective I Am List by using a real story demonstrating how a person’s thoughts created feelings which, lead to a predictable action. The students read the story then chart the thoughts, emotions and actions of the main character. They learn that one leads directly to the other.
Lesson 3 Miss Hurt and Confused —Today’s activity prepares the students for the final lesson, which could be an activity grade or a test. Students analyze another authentic story demonstrating again that our thoughts are the most important things we have. Choices (good or bad) are fueled by our thoughts; thoughts create feelings and then an action. What comes into our life, good or bad, will match feelings because we don’t keep them to ourselves. We spread them all around. The feelings we put out will come back; like attract like.
Lesson 4 Advice Column —-Students will apply skills learned in Lesson 2 and 3 by portraying the role of a advice columnist. Their responsibility is to give advice to Miss Hurt & Confused helping her make choices (to rebuild self-confidence, self-esteem etc), based on her future goals not on current feelings.
The students relate to these stories because they are similar to the stories within their network of family and friends. As a result, the kids become more involved in thinking through their advice. Students will find, 1. their advice will be just as good, if not better than the experts, and 2. their discussions are worthwhile for both teacher and student.
The Self-Image Unit builds upon information from he Personality Style Unit. The Personality Style Unit is a strong foundation for a person’s self-image.
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