Energized & Motivated

We feel energized when we feel awake and full of life or spirit. We feel motivated when we feel driven to do something. When we feel both, we are more likely to think of creative solutions and apply them to make change in the world. When students feel energized, they are better at focusing and more likely to be motivated to work hard to achieve goals.

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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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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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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Envision the Win
Students envision their personal journey from present day to graduation day.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Adventure Time!
Get your friends and get moving.
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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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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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The Small Things
Try these small acts of kindness that will give you a purpose and help others feel better.
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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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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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