Self-awareness is one of the most important skills for young people to develop to help manage stress. It enables them to accurately recognise emotions, thoughts and values, and to understand how they influence behaviour. This survey will help your students to develop a sense of how they’re currently feeling, recognise times when they may require help, and examine practical ways to manage their emotions.

Year level

7-12

Duration

5 minutes

Type

In class activity

SEL Competencies

Self-awareness

Self-management

Learning intention

Students learn to focus on something intently to help them stay in the present moment and turn off their internal dialogue.

Key outcomes

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

  • focus their mind by turning off their internal dialogue.

Materials needed

  • One device per person (or independent access to an internet-connected device)

  • ReachOut.Com's How are you going? survey webpage open on each device

Mapped to

Australian Curriculum Health and Physical Education

  • Refine protective behaviours and evaluate community resources to seek help for themselves and others (AC9HP8P08)

  • Plan and implement strategies, using health resources, to enhance their own and others’ health, safety, relationships and wellbeing (AC9HP8P10)

  • Plan, rehearse and evaluate strategies for managing situations where their own or others’ health, safety or wellbeing may be at risk (AC9HP10P08)

Australian Curriculum: General Capabilities

  • Personal and Social Capability:

    • Self-awareness

    • Self-management

NSW PDHPE Syllabus

  • Practise and apply strategies to seek help for themselves or others (ACPPS072)

  • Plan, rehearse and evaluate options (including CPR and first aid) for managing situations where their own or others’ health, safety and wellbeing may be at short - or long-term risk (ACPPS091)

Victorian Curriculum: Health and Physical Education

  • Examine barriers to seeking support and evaluate strategies to overcome these (VCHPEP125)

  • Investigate and select strategies to promote health, safety and wellbeing (VCHPEP126)

  • Plan, rehearse and evaluate options (including CPR and first aid) for managing situations where their own or others’ health, safety and wellbeing may be at risk (VCHPEP144)

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Activity 1

Instructions

5 minutes

Ask students to access the How are you going? survey and complete it independently. Remind students that the survey is anonymous, but that support options are available to them if they’re not feeling well.

After completing the survey, invite students to discuss the following questions with a partner:

  • How valuable do you think this tool is in helping young people to assess how they are feeling?

  • Discuss three sources of help you can access if you’re not feeling great.

  • Explore other practical ways you can regularly check in on and manage your emotions.

Self-awareness makes it possible for students to assess how they’re going on a day-to-day basis and to determine whether they need help or support. They can then decide how to seek help – such as through friends, family, professionals, other trusted people, or online through ReachOut.com.

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