Where do I feel like I belong?

Feeling left out and isolated can make life hard. Students who are bullied often feel isolated from social activities and that they aren’t connecting with others. Knowing that there are places where they belong can improve their mental health and wellbeing.

Year Level

7-10

Duration

5 minutes

Type

  • In class activity
  • Whole-school and year assemblies

SEL Competencies

  • Self-awareness
  • Social awareness
  • Relationship skills

Learning Intention

  • Students can recognise places where they feel like they belong.

Key Outcomes

By the end of the lesson, students will be able to:

  • identify places in their life where they feel they belong
  • recognise the characteristics of a school environment where students feel a sense of belonging.

ACTIVITY 01

Instructions  5 min

As a group, watch the video clip ‘Where do I feel like I belong?’. In the clip, young people talk about where they feel they belong in the world.

  1. Ask the students to think about a place in their life where they feel they belong. Ask the following questions:
    • How do you feel when you are in this place?
    • What do you like so much about this place?
  2. Ask the students to work with a partner and discuss the following:
    What does a school where all students feel like they belong:
    • feel like?
    • look like?
    • sound like?

Debrief

This activity helps students to identify a place in the world where they feel like they belong, which can improve their mental health and wellbeing.

Stable relationships with friends, families and partners are really important for teenagers. They can influence their physical health, promote self-esteem and a sense of belonging, and help in the development of problem-solving and social skills.

More information for students

Learn more about friendships and connectedness: ReachOut.click/wb5friendships

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