Let's Hear it for the Boys
This article deals with body image from a male perspective- consider handing this out to the gentlemen in your class, and the next to the ladies. Or, switch boys and girls with another HC who is taught by the opposite gender during an Extended HC to read as larger groups and discuss.
Body Image Confidence
Read about how to encourage students towards learning how to take care of their bodies and keep their confidence levels high.
25 Killer Ways to Boost your Confidence!
On the longer side, this article provides 25 ways to boost confidence- from simply practicing better hygiene, to- hey- being nice!
Creating Self Affirmations
1. Read affirmations of others, and borrow components! Google athlete's personal creeds, famous quotes, and sayings- make a list!
2. Keep it present tense.
3. Use your own voice- "I am!"
4. Write it someplace small and portable- make it your cell phone background, ask your teacher to laminate it, whatever it takes to remember!
5. Those who want, share your affirmations, for when you share them out loud, they become a reality!
My Strengths and Qualities Sheet
Teachers, join in on this one- make sure everyone fills out every line, and then invite students to share at least 3 things from their sheet.
This month, have students write a brag letter... don't know where to start? That's where your HC comes in! Have every student write their names in big letters at the top of a half-sheet of paper- or do it ahead of time. Students will pass each paper to their neighbor after about a minute, or so, having written something positive they appreciate about the person. The old adage, "if you don't have something nice to say, do say anything at all" comes into play- don't write anything if you can't say something nice... however, really talk up this activity and set up kids for the power that comes in anonymously encouraging and appreciating one another.
Setting up the activity:
1. Explain the goal- each person will walk away with the anonymous positive feedback from students that know one another quite well. Sharing our appreciations for each other is an incredibly powerful gift!
2. Everyone has something great about themselves, but if you don't know a person well enough, you don't have to write something.
3. Make a short list on the white board of some examples of positive talk kids could write- remind them to stay away from physical attributes, and focus on character examples.
4. Give each student a different colored pen/pencil to create a rainbow of beauty and potentially identify writers if necessary.
5. Circulate the room during this silent activity to monitor writings.
6. Play music in the background!
7. Collect the pages before the owners read them to ensure only positive talk is included.
Students will receive their pages at the same time- give a chance for all to read the comments, and then ask each student to read one comment aloud for the class to practice positive self talk.
Writing a Brag Letter
Speaking positively to ourselves is the most important component to having self-confidence. However, for some reason its much easier to let in the negative voices than the positive. Encourage students to write themselves a letter, bragging about the things they are good at, their favorite physical attributes, their sports accomplishments, and work in their families or at schools. These letters never need to be shared, but should be kept someplace safe that they will read whenever needed.
Athletes, business people, and entrepreneurs are known for carrying similar letters around, to remind themselves of what they are doing right, when often the world tries only to tell us what we're doing wrong.