Optimism involves learning to think positively about the future – even when things go wrong. It’s about looking objectively at a situation, making a conscious decision to focus on the good.
This will help young people understand:
- optimistic attitudes need to involve realistic ideas
- self-talk assists in developing optimism
- thoughts which are negative can be overridden with positive thoughts.
Download the lesson/session outline.
Activities have been designed to be standalone or run in a sequence for a 50 minute lesson/session. Templates are linked below for completing the activities.
- Buzz activity: Rolling! (15 minutes)
- Class discussion (Think-Pair-Share)(10 minutes)
- Self-talk (25 minutes)
- Exploring ReachOut.com
Challenging negative thoughts (Video)
- Remind students of classroom group agreement/norms (creating a safe and supportive environment).
- Spend time during your lessons asking students to set goals, short and long – these can be subject, school or personal goals.
- Develop a class goal for the term/semester to achieve as a collective group.