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I AM Noticed Core Content

Focus: Introduction and Discovery  

Foundation
Lesson 1.1: Letter To Self

Supplies needed: Journal or paper, writing and drawing supplies

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Share the following concept with the students:

You will spend more time with yourself than with any other person on the planet.  So it is very important that you use positive intra personal communication with yourself. (that means that you talk nice to yourself :)  Asking yourself good questions is a great way to practice the art of discovery. The great thing about this skill set is that it truly is a foundation for practicing authentically Noticing the goodness in yourself and others.

Instruct the students to write a letter to self.  Encourage them to use the art of discovery and ask questions like: What are some things that I really like about myself? What are my favorite things to do?  What are some positive words that describe me?  What is good?  What is hard?  What do I want to do?  Your story matters.  So, write it out. 

Everyone has a story worth validating.
 

Quick Tip>

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The goal of writing a letter to self is to help each person get comfortable practicing an internal dialog.  Though we want to encourage positive communication, we also want to allow for honest communication. 

 

Research shows that self-awareness is directly related to both emotional intelligence and success. Self -awareness helps us make more informed decisions and contribute to our own overall well being.

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Practice
Lesson 1.2: I AM Noticed Cycle Worksheet

Supplies needed: Worksheet, writing and/or drawing supplies 

Share the following concept with the students:

We get good at what we practice.  The I AM Noticed Cycle was created to help us all practice the skills that allow us to be more confident, resilient, and ultimately more positive.

Think about the things that you practice.  Maybe it's reading, maybe it's a sport, or an art.  Every time we practice we grow.  Sometimes that feels easy, and sometimes that feels hard.  The key is to keep practicing goodness so that we can be the best versions of ourselves.

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To Print: Right click, save to desktop, then print 

Give each student a copy of the I AM Noticed Cycle Worksheet to introduce them to the cycle. Below are brief explanations for each part of the cycle.  You can use them as you go along, and encourage participants to answer the questions on the worksheet. 

 

  • Want-to - choosing to have a positive attitude

(The attitude you choose affects the culture around you.)

  • Positive I AMs - using positive self-talk

(What you say after I AM is true for you. )

  • Noticing goodness - recognizing goodness in self and others

(Everyone is worthy of being Noticed.  This is not about acheivement.)

  • Receiving goodness - saying "thank you"

(Choosing to receive fortifies our confidence.)

  • Rippling goodness - you impact the world around you

(You matter!!!)

We get good at what we practice.  This is true because practicing skills over time causes neural pathways in our brains to work more efficiently via the white matter in our brains called myelination. So be careful what you choose to practice!  If you choose to practice positive thoughts, feelings, and activities you will get good at them, and the same is true for the negative.

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Outcome
Lesson 1.3: Talking About Confidence

Supplies needed: Journal optional 

Have a conversation about what it means to be confident. Encourage active listening and respectful attitudes for all participants. 

 

What does confidence look like?  Who do you think of when you think of confidence?  Brainstorm characteristics of a confident person. For example, confident people are often kind, helpful, friendly, inclusive, curious, and feel good about who they are.

Encourage everyone to commit to growing their own confidence by practicing the I AM Noticed Cycle.  Support each other along the way so that we can create an even more positive culture.

Confidence
builds people up.
 

Quick Tip>

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Confident people  build people up.  Confident behavior is not not arrogant and it is not self destructive.  

One of the common behaviors of a confident leader is to listen respectfully to the ideas of others.  Modeling this during the class discussion time is something that will encourage everyone to share their ideas confidently.

 

 

University research published in 2018 found that in adolescents, higher self-confidence predicts happiness, belonging, and overall mental wellness while lower self-confidence predicts higher levels of disengagement, loneliness, and feelings of disempowerment.