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Weekly Tool Tip

 

 High-Five

 Purpose: To help students to develop the habit ofconsistently focusing on what's useful and positive in their lives.

  • Step 1: Ask students if they would like to learn a way to moreconsistently sustain positive learning states.
  • Step 2: Read aloud the attached.
  • Step 3: Ask your students if they would like a simple way to become more of a treasure hunter.
  • Step 4: Ask students to think of 5 things that they could feel good about, 5 things in their life that they like. Note: Make it very simple for them to think of 5 good things. Then when they have completed the 5 days, go to the next step.
  • Step 5: Ask your students to mind map or write or draw what their 5 things are.
  • Step 6: Then get students to go to meet up with 5 other people, give them a high-five, and read to them what their high-five things are.
  • Step 7: Continue to use this process once a week or once a month and encourage students to find more and new things to put into their high-five list.

 NOTE: This simple technique is a wonderful way to get students to begin to focus on what's useful and positive. The true power of this comes when teachers model it on a weekly, monthly, or ideally daily basis.

High-Fives attachment to Step 2

Treasure Hunters and Trash Collectors

It seems that in life there are two types of people. The first are treasure hunters. Every day they seek out what is useful and positive and focus on it, talk about it, think about it and treasure it. Each of these moments is treasured like a bright, shining jewel that they store in their treasure chest forever.

And then there are trash collectors who spend their lives looking for what is wrong, unfair, what isn't working and they focus their energy and their time and their thoughts on the trash and every day they put that trash into a big old trashcan.

Now every day the treasure hunters proudly carry their treasure into the future and every day the trash collectors drag their big, heavy, smelly trashcan from one day to the next. The question is when they get to the end of the year, what does each person have? A treasure chest full of useful, positive memories or a trash can full of things they didn't like.

The choice is yours.

You get to decide.


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