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I AM Noticed Core Content

Curricular Focus: Noticing Goodness

Noticing Goodness: Noticing the goodness in ourselves and others, taking the time to share a heartfelt compliment to let others know they matter.

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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. During this time the class will be silent.  The "conversation" that each student will be having will be in their own minds.  This is self talk, and it is a time to feel humbly grateful for their reflection.   
 
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?

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You are ENOUGH
 
You are AMAZING
 
You MATTER 
 
    YOU ARE NOTICED  

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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.

 


Please share the following concepts as a part of this lesson:

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! Remember: We get good at what we practice.  When we can practice Noticing the goodness in ourselves daily we get good at it. Challenge yourself to Notice the goodness in yourself every day. 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:
 

Big Idea 1: SE 1 Understanding Self as an Individual and as a Member of Diverse Local and Global Communities
     Concept A: Self-Concept

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

Big Idea 2: SE 2 Interacting with Others in Ways That Respect Individual and Group Differences
     Concept A: Respect for Self and Others

Instruct the students to use the Notice Goodness Worksheet to make a list of the people in their lives that they can Notice.  Next to each person's name ask 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 the students to take the time to tell the people on their list that they are Noticed and why.  

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?
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Please share the following concepts as a part of this lesson:
Let's define Noticing-  To Notice someone is to take the time to share the goodness that you've noticed in them. Noticing with a capital N = 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.

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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Competency
Lesson 4.3: Noticed Notes

Supplies needed: Worksheet, writing and/or drawing supplies  

 

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. 

Encourage students to keep their note for 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. 

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Big Idea 2: SE 2 Interacting with Others in Ways That Respect Individual and Group Differences
     Concept A: Quality Relationships
                   B: Respect for Self and Others

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Please share the following concepts as a part of this lesson:
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.

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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