Safe & Comfortable

When we feel safe, we feel secure, with few fears or doubts. When we feel comfortable, we feel pleasant and relaxed. These feelings help us to feel more confident to express ourselves, including our genuine thoughts and beliefs. When students feel safe and comfortable, they are more engaged, take more risks in earning, and express themselves more freely.

Activities

Resources
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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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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Teen Show and Tell
Students bring in meaningful items and discuss their importance.
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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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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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Finding Silver Linings
Students reframe a negative experience by focusing on the positive aspects of it.
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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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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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Print Wall
Students use paint to put their hand/fingerprint and signature on a community wall.
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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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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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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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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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Positive Word Cloud
Students reflect on the diversity of positive traits in the classroom and the feelings associated with giving and receiving compliments.
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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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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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Smile at Yourself
Smile at yourself in the mirror every morning for just 1 minute!
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Create the Safe Space
Cultivate a safe space with your friends and loved ones. Here are a few tips for creating your own safe space.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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