This document includes 12 different social skills challenges that students can complete in order to improve their overall well-being and develop healthy habits. Each challenge consists of a short introduction, some tips and recommendations, some challenge activities to complete, and then a reflection section to complete after the students have attempted the challenge. The challenges could be printed out and completed by hand or the teacher could give them to the students electronically to complete. Each challenge consists of about 3 to 4 pages of material.
The challenge activities are designed to help set the student up for success by analyzing many parts of the specific challenge before the student attempts the challenge. The challenge activities allow the student to brainstorm ideas before deciding on their goal, identify potential problems that could occur during the challenge, seek possible solutions to the potential problems, and allows the student to write their detailed plan in order to complete the challenge. The reflection section is designed to give the student an opportunity to express what went well during the challenges, what obstacles they faced, how they felt during the challenge, and to explore any ideas that they might have in relation to the challenges.
There is no specific time frame in order to complete the challenges. The idea is to have the teacher or student determine how long they want it to take in to complete the challenges. Some challenges could probably be completed in a very short time period such as a few days while other challenges could probably take weeks before some results are shown. So the teacher can ultimately decide if they want to give out a challenge every week, every couple of weeks, every month, etc.
I have included some daily, weekly, and monthly worksheets that students can also complete to track their progress throughout the challenges. They are simple and allow the student to write about whatever they want such as their progress, their feelings, frustrations, etc. These worksheets could be mandatory or optional to complete as part of the challenge, depending on the teacher’s preference. I have also included a blank monthly calendar that could be useful in case the student wants to track their progress that way.
The 12 challenges that are included in this document are:
1. Making a New Friend
2. Learning a New Skill
3. Quitting a Bad Habit
4. Exercising More
5. Helping Others/Volunteering
6. Saying You’re Sorry/Apologizing
7. Seeing Another Side (Accepting differences)
8. Giving Compliments
9. Forgiving Someone
10. Sharing/Lending (Something)
11. Solving a Problem (Conflict Resolution)
12. Improving Hygiene
I have included all of the challenges in Microsoft Word documents in case the teacher would like to edit some of the questions or information and also in a PDF format for easy printing.
I hope these challenges help your students to improve their social skills and overall physical and emotional well-being. If you have any questions or would like more detailed information, please don’t hesitate to contact me.