CASEL: Responsible Decision Making

Activities

Resources

Anonymous Accomplishment Board

Students use the Anonymous Compliment Board to celebrate the positive acts and statements that they witness each other performing and saying.

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One Kind Word

Students are introduced to the power of kindness through words or actions and encouraged to aim for one kind word or action a day.

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Continuum

Students express their stance on statements by moving to different parts of the classroom and describe the reasons behind their choices.

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A Person You Respect

Students choose and journal about an individual or an individual’s work that they respect or value.

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7 Questions

Students answer, in writing, a set of 7 questions designed to help foster a sense of purpose.

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Daily Affirmation for Empowerment

Students create self-affirmations to repeat daily to feel empowered.

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Rose Bud Thorn

Students journal about their concerns, successes, and hopes and come up with self-affirmation statements to repeat daily to feel empowered.

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Envision the Win

Students envision their personal journey from present day to graduation day.

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Finding Silver Linings

Students reframe a negative experience by focusing on the positive aspects of it.

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Three Good Things

Students reflect on and list three positive things that happened in their day.

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Wake-up Moment

Students view/hear an instance of successful teamwork and reflect on the experience of working toward a common goal.

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Ignite your Moment

Students explore the idea of energy and motivation, expressing their energy physically and in written form.

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Snap Wink

Students coordinate alternating movements leading to increased energy and focus.

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Contentment Thermometer

Students evaluate their current level of contentment and balance and then brainstorm methods to increase their levels of contentment and balance.

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Body Scan

In a guided mediation, students focus individually on each part of their body.

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Life Just Got Real

In small groups, students identify and discuss potential challenging scenarios that students their age encounter.

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Our Safe Classroom

Students reflect on what it means to feel safe and as a class, students create a list of specific actions they can take to help themselves and each other to feel safe.

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What is Safe?

Students reflect on their personal definitions of the word “safe” and work together in small groups to create a “vision of safe” for the community.

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Cultural Norms

Students partner and participate in an activity in which they tally specific actions while in conversation. Students define and discuss their understanding and experiences of cultural norms.

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What is Respect?

Students reflect on their personal definitions of the word “respect” and work, in small groups, to create a “respect vision” that establishes what being respectful means to them.

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Chalk Circles

Students work toward identifying a specific goal related to their interests/passions and create an action plan for achieving that goal using chalk circles.

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The Power of Purpose: Finding Your Vision (2 of 2)

Students continue work on their vision boards from The Power of Purpose Part 1 lesson.

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The Power of Purpose: Finding Your Vision (1 of 2)

Students reflect on the question, “What is purpose?” and begin the process of creating vision boards to illustrate ideas they have about their own purpose.

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SMART Goals

Students create “passion collages” to reflect their passions in each of three areas: academics, career, and relationships.

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What is Inspired?

Students reflect on and discuss their personal definitions of the word “inspired.”

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Inspiration Roadmap

Students will identify their preconceptions about what makes people happy and how the research differs from their own preconceptions about happiness.

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A Happy Life

Students will reflect on the main messages of the talk and how they can apply these messages to their lives and create their own message about their philosophy for a happy life.

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What is Happy?

Students create a personal definition of happy, define happy in terms of self, others, and environment, and create a class definition of happy and class vision of happy behavior.

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What is Motivation?

Students work together as a class to combine small-group visions into a larger vision of motivation for the class.

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Motivational Self-Talk Book

In this activity, students will be able to reflect on what types of statements energize and motivate them, create their own motivational self-talk statements and make into a book, and share and discuss their statements with classmates.

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Emotion Ambassadors

Students brainstorm improvements they would like to see to school practices and how they can work to make these changes and elect “Ambassadors” for implementing these initiatives and create a plan to follow up and evaluate their success.

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Contentment vs. Complacency

Students reflect on the meaning of contentment and how it is different from the meaning of complacency.

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Self-Compassion Reflection

Students engage in a guided self-compassion meditation.

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What is Balance?

Students work together as a class to combine small-group visions into a larger vision of balance for the class.

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Self-Compassion Practice

Students are introduced to the concept of self-compassion.

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What is Support?

Students work together as a class to combine small-group visions into a larger vision of support for the class.

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Getting Support from your Parents/Guardians

Check out this article to learn 10 simple tips to start the conversation about your mental health with your parents.

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Energizing Yoga

Try this yoga sequence in the morning to give you a boost of energy!

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Try Something New

Watch this video about trying something new for 30 days!

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8 Motivation Tips

Watch this video from ASAPscience to learn helpful tips for staying motivated!

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Adventure Time!

Get your friends and get moving.

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Learn about Passion

Want to learn more about passion? Watch this short video to understand how you can reframe your thinking around passion! 

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Power Up Your Routine

Here are some simple ideas to power up your everyday routine. Practicing these habits can help you feel more in control, self-confident, and powerful.

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Respect Yourself

Have you ever noticed that you're kinder and more respectful to others than you are to yourself? Often times, we are our own biggest critics.

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The Small Things

Try these small acts of kindness that will give you a purpose and help others feel better.

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Simple Reminder

Who are you when you are at your best? Reminding yourself of your positive attributes every day will build self-respect and keep you focused.

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Gratitude Expression

Expressing gratitude is proven to boost happiness. Express your gratitude to another person with a note, text, or call.

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Self-Care Day

We all deserve to take time for ourselves. Value yourself by devoting a day to self-care!

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