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I AM Noticed Core Content

Focus: Noticing Goodness




Lesson 4.1: 1 Minute Mirror Challenge

Supplies needed: mirror or device on "selfie mode"


Choose the best option for your group to be in front of a mirror or device on selfie mode. Set a timer for one minute. Encourage everyone to look at their reflection for one minute while they Notice goodness in themselves. This is a time to feel humbly grateful for their reflection.  It can be natural for people to be critical or want to change what they see. This is an opportunity to celebrate who we are and simply take one minute to practice! 
After the challenge discuss as a group what is was like? What did you notice? Have you done that before? Can you imagine that practicing this activity would make it easier? 
You are ENOUGH

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Keep in mind that this activity may be easy for some people and hard for others.  If this activity opens the door for a deeper conversation please encourage that conversation to take place with the school counselor or other mental health professional.


Challenge yourself to Notice the goodness in yourself daily. A good time to practice is when you are getting ready in the morning!

Instruct the students to participate in the 1 Minute Mirror Challenge:

Noticing the goodness in ourselves has been proven to have many positive effects on people such as minimizing stress, depression and anxiety, and increasing our brains' abilities to learn new things, create new solutions and experience more happiness.

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Lesson 4.2: Noticing Goodness Worksheet
Supplies needed: Worksheet, writing and/or drawing supplies 

Share the following concepts with the students:
Let's define Noticing-  To Notice someone is to take the time to share the goodness that you've noticed in them. To Notice someone is to tell someone I see you.  I hear you.  You matter to me.

We are all natural noticers.  We are good at noticing when we are hot or cold or happy or sad.  Noticing goodness in ourselves and others is an important skill set that we can learn.
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When we are thinking about Noticing goodness in the people in our lives we can ask questions like: What have I learned about this person? What am I grateful for about this person? How does this person make the world a better place?

Instruct the students to use the Notice Worksheet to make a list of the people in their lives that they can Notice.  Next to each person's name aske them to write what goodness they've Noticed about that person.
Once they have a list of people to Notice then the fun really begins.  Encourage them to take the time to tell the people on their list that they Noticed them and what they Noticed about them.  

It has been said that "we get more of what we focus on".  Neuroscience has proven that this is true.  The reticular activating system (RAS)  is a defused network of neural pathways in our brains and one of its main jobs is to help us focus.  Once we tell ourselves that we are going to be on the look out for something (like Noticing goodness) we will get more of what we're looking for thanks to the RAS.

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Lesson 4.3: Noticed Notes

Supplies needed: Worksheet, writing and/or drawing supplies  


Share the following concepts with the students:
There is so much power in taking the time to share with someone the goodness you have Noticed in them. Noticing can be as simple as sharing an authentic compliment and when you add a personal note it helps the person remember why you Noticed them.   

When people know they are Noticed it builds confidence.  That is one of the reasons it is so important that we Notice the goodness in ourselves and others.


Instruct the students to use one note to write a note to themselves Noticing their own goodness. Then use another note to Notice someone else in their life. Feel free to supply extra notes. 

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Encourage everyone to keep their note to themselves and to give the other note to the person they want to Notice.

*Students may want to draw a picture or add more words to the backside of their half sheet. 

Did you know that Noticing goodness in someone and taking the time to tell them what you've Noticed doesn’t just make them feel good? Social Scientists have found that receiving compliments also  activates the striatum, one of the reward areas in the brain. Researchers believe that, by activating this area, praise improves our ability to learn new things.  So Noticing goodness can help people feel good and get smarter!!

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