Hi Shark Friends,
Today I want to talk to you about gratitude. Gratitude is the quality of being thankful and people who regularly practice being grateful experience a greater sense of happiness. I know that times have been tough lately, but even in difficult times we can find things to be grateful for. Here are some ideas:
- I am grateful for a loved one who supports me
- I am grateful for a friend
- I am grateful for my pet
- I am grateful for the sunshine
- I am grateful for my health
- I am grateful for time with family
- I am grateful for my house
I would like for you to think about creating a gratitude jar or box. This does not have to be fancy, it can be an old shoebox you have in your closet. If you would like, you can decorate the jar or box with materials you have at home. (If you don’t have any materials, that is okay!) At the end of the day, think about something you are grateful for. Write it on a slip of paper and put it in your jar/box. Over time, you will have a box full of all the wonderful things in your life. What a great treasure to have! And when you are having a rough day, pull out your box and remember all you have to be grateful for!
In closing, I would like to tell you how much I have enjoyed being your counselor this year. I am grateful for YOU! Have a wonderful summer and please remember to always be kind to yourself and others.
May 11, 2020
Hi Shark Friends,
I want to talk to you today about your mindset. The way that you view and react to the world around you is very important. For example, lets say your math teacher just taught you how to solve a difficult problem. You see it once and then give up and think, “I can’t do this, it is too hard.” That is an example of having a fixed mindset. However, if you think, “ This is difficult, but I will keep trying. I can’t do it…..YET.” You recognize that it will take some effort and time, but you will evntually be able to learn how to solve the problem. This is having a growth mindset.
Take a moment to look at the picture below:
Was there a time when you had a fixed mindset? When you are faced with challenges in the future, how can you change your thinking to that of a growth mindset?
Remember, failures are opportunities for growth and persistence is the key to success.
Take care ,
Hi Shark Friends,
Do you recognize the picture below:
Yes, you are correct! This is a picture of the bulletin board outside my office. One of the things I always say is that all of your feelings are okay. For example, if something happens that makes you angry, you should not feel bad because you are angry. The emotion that you are feeling is your body’s response to what is going on around you. What you can work on, though, is how you react. It is important to recognize when you are getting upset so that you can regulate your body. This means you find ways to calm the unsettled feeling you have inside.
If you think of the world around you as a river, this might be how it looks when something is upsetting you. You may feel angry, scared, or frustrated by what is happening around you. When you are in this state, it is not easy for you to learn. This is why it is important for you to recognize when your river is feeling choppy so that you can choose some techniques to help you self-regulate (calm your river).
Take a moment to look at the river in the picture below. What words would you use to describe this river? How do you think the person in the boat feels?
So what can you do when waters get choppy? Try some of the self-regulation techniques below:
After you take a moment to use a strategy listed above, then you will feel your river calm. Congratulations, you self-regulated! You are now calm and ready to go.
When I see you next, please tell me what your favorite self-regulation technique is.
Hi Shark Friends,
Today we are going to focus on resilience. Resilience is often referred to as the ability to bounce back from a challenging situation. Life can be difficult at times and it is important to have the ability to face those challenges. Being resilient means you don’t give up when things get tough.
Take a moment to watch the video about Derek Redmond. After you watch the video, I want you to think about how Derek showed resilience. How different would this story be if he had just stopped and given up?
Now, I want you to think about a challenge you faced. Print out a copy of the soccer ball. On the white patches of ball, write in different ways you have shown resilience. You can also write about ways you could show resilience in the future.
Hello Shark Friends,
I wanted to talk to you this week about something called cognitive reframing. Cognitive reframing is changing the way we view things. When I was thinking about this topic, it reminded me of our lesson earlier in the year about perspective. Do you remember the activity we did with the letter M and W? Remember how two people could view the same letter from different perspectives and see something different? Then we looked at different pictures (like the car door that looked like a beach and the duck that looked like a rabbit) where you could see two different things in the same picture? Well, cognitive reframing is similar to that. I am challenging you to think differently about things around you. For example, I know many of you are missing your friends right now. It's not easy to be away from people you care about for this long! But instead of focusing on how difficult it is to be apart from them, reframe the situation and think of how by staying apart you are PROTECTING each other. Then, brainstorm other ways you can stay in touch with them. Take a few moments to review the image below. Think about how you can reframe your negative thoughts into positive ones!