This week’s lesson in well-being…
This week we are exploring:
Mystery of Self
- Xplain It!
Who am I? What do I like? What do I dislike? How do I want others to describe me? We are never too young to start exploring these identity questions. Our identity is made up of our beliefs of who we think we are in relation to others and the world. Our beliefs influence how we assess options, how we make choices and therefore our beliefs impact our results in life.
Read more about Identity Formation here
- Resources & Academic Perspective
Developing awareness, understanding and respect for what matters to students has become critical in education today because “learning can no longer be understood as a one-way exchange where we teach, they learn.” Rather, “it is a reciprocal process that requires teachers to help students learn with understanding” (Willms, Friesen, & Milton, 2009).
- X Tips
As mentioned above, our beliefs about our identity impacts our choices and therefore our results. Tony Robbin says “How you get anyone to do anything is you make it so that not doing it is incongruent with WHO they believe they are.” (Read it a couple of times… )
Here is an example:
If you believe you are a “healthy person that does not eat candy” you are more likely to assess options from that perspective and make choices in accordance with that belief. More often than not you would choose a healthy piece of fruit over a piece of candy. Not choosing fruit would be incongruent with who you are and because you are constantly making small choices aligned with being a “healthy person” this then impacts your results – meaning you become more of a healthy person.
Our X Tip this week is that you do the following activity:
It’s a brilliant Identity map lesson plan that will help you and your students surface your personal beliefs and identities. Example below. (it can be adapted for the younger grades)
Q: Why are frogs always so happy?
A: They eat whatever bugs them 🙂