CASEL: Self-Awareness

Activities

Resources

Speed Dating with Purpose

This activity guides students through thinking about what brings passion and purpose to their lives and helps students reflect more deeply on why they love these things and how they gain energy from them.

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I am Poem

Students compose and share a biographical poem using descriptive language, sensory details, personality traits, emotions, and actions.

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Common Ground

Students explore their experiences with the group and develop a sense of community/comfort by occupying a common ground.

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Bio Poem

Students create a biographical poem using individual personality traits, emotions, and actions and share with the class.

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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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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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Mantra Ball Toss

Students develop and share their personal mantras with one another through movement and sharing.

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Teen Show and Tell

Students bring in meaningful items and discuss their importance.

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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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What is Your Passion?

Students discuss passion and work to clarify and connect with their individual interests.

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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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Use Your Senses

Students practice sensory awareness and increase emotional literacy by identifying feelings.

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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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Awe Story

Students recall and describe a time when they experienced awe.

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Three Good Things

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

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Subtract a Positive Event

Students will visualize what their lives would be like without one positive event. They will be able to appreciate its presence in their lives more deeply—without actually having to lose it.

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Group Jump

Students attempt to jump and land at the same time while developing a sense of teamwork and collaboration.

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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 and Drama

In groups, students act out contentment/balance and discontentment/imbalance.

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What is Contentment?

Together students develop a working definition of contentment/balance in their lives.

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Mindful Breathing

Students engage in mindful breathing while listening to relaxing music at the beginning of class or before stressful events.

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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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2 Stars and a Wish

This is a reflection activity on how the student is doing with support and connection.

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Body Scan

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

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Asking for Help

Students will identify areas in their lives in which they could use support, generate a list of resources, and draft a note to someone asking for assistance.

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“I Wonder Ball”

This activity, written by North Haven High School Students, is designed to get a class feeling connected and supported.

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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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My Shield

Students reflect on and discuss how focusing on the strengths and successes of each individual in the classroom can help everyone to feel more safe and comfortable.

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Cross the Line

Students reflect on times when they have felt certain emotions and silently indicate that they have had these experiences by stepping over a line.

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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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Shared Identity

Students reflect on how they identify similarities and differences between people and how the process of focusing on similarities may impact our attitudes and actions.

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Different Perspectives

Students analyze differing perspectives on the same situation, compare their own “smaller” perspectives to others’ perspectives and the “bigger picture”.

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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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Meaningful Photos

Students take photographs of people, places, and objects in their lives that are meaningful to them.

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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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Stories of Empowerment (2 of 2)

This is day 2 of a two-day activity. Today, they will mimic Murray’s style of combining two stories, their own speech, and their friend’s speech to create their own “TED Talk”.

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Stories of Empowerment (1 of 2)

In this two-part lesson, students first watch Liz Murray’s TED talk entitled "For the Love of Possibility" and write a story about a time when they felt empowered.

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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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Mad Lib

Students will create a Mad Lib story in which other students can fill in either “happy” or “excited” to complete the story and apply their understanding of the difference between happy and excited.

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Motivational Speeches

Students watch a motivational TED talk and write their own motivational messages, speeches, or video scripts.

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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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Intentional Family Tree

Students explore the concept of “intentional family."

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Lollipop Moments

Students watch and reflect on a video about “everyday leadership."

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Feel Comfortable in Your Skin

Do you want to feel more comfortable in your skin? You are not alone! There are many things we can do to feel more comfortable and confident with ourselves.

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Connection Map

Draw a map of your connections! There are many layers of people we care about and many generations of people who care about us. This map will help you visualize the meaningful connections in your life.

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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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Loneliness as a Doorway to Connection Meditation

Try this meditation to address loneliness and feel more connected!

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Support Yourself First

Before you can support others, support yourself first. Here are some ideas to help you support yourself!

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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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Smile at Yourself

Smile at yourself in the mirror every morning for just 1 minute!

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Find Your Safe Space

Do you remember a place where you have always felt safe? Go back to your safe space by visualizing, writing, or drawing.

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Four Steps to Find Your Passion

Need help finding your passion? This short article offers a four-step strategy to help you find your passion.

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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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Passion Project

Draft a plan to start your own project. Find your passion and go for it!

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Raise Your Voice

Want to get better at speaking? The aim of the game is to talk for one minute on a given subject.

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Meditation in Color

Coloring has been shown to help us calm down, focus our minds, and feel less stressed. Try these free coloring templates to help you feel more balanced and content.

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Walk for Balance

Many people know of sitting meditation. Consider this walking meditation that will help you get in touch with your emotions and feel more balanced.

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10 Steps to Balance

Read an article about how to feel more balance in your everyday life!

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Take a Break with Calm

Take a break with Calm.com!

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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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DIY Inspiration Board

Make your space more inspiring with a DIY inspiration board!

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Find Inspiration Everywhere

There is inspiration all around you! From the great outdoors to the internet, people are discovering their passions every day.

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Habits for Respect

Highly respected people have certain habits in common.

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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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Why Gratitude Boosts Happiness

Learn about what gratitude boosts happiness!

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Hack Your Morning Routine with Happiness

Our mornings have a huge impact on our attitudes for the rest of the day. Hack your routine to incorporate happiness.

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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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The Happiness Meditation

Try this guided meditation - it’s designed to make you feel happier!

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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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Confidence Boost

For the days and moments when you need a reminder of what you are capable of doing in life, watch this video for 3 tips for self-confidence.

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