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I AM Noticed Core Content

Curricular Focus: Receiving Goodness

Receiving Goodness: Receiving goodness from others. Saying “thank you” and letting the goodness fuel our confidence while remaining humble.

Lesson 5.1: The Importance of Receiving

Supplies needed: Journal or paper, writing and drawing supplies

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

Instruct the students to self reflect about a time when they have received goodness. Then have them write a paragraph or draw a picture that illustrates this memory.
Idea prompts for receiving goodness: Think of a time when someone was nice to you. Can you imagine a time when someone gave you a compliment, gave you a gift, or made you feel special? How did it make you feel? How did you receive this goodness? Did you say "THANK YOU"? 
Please share the following concepts as a part of this lesson:
By taking the time to remember these important moments it helps us practice future receiving. 


Keeping the cycle going!


Quick Tip>

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When people Notice and receive goodness it increases their own level of happiness.

Especially if you are feeling emotionally low, using this practice can help you have a better day.



Scientists have discovered that receiving a compliment lights up the same part of the brain that lights up when we receive money $$ -- but ONLY if we receive the compliment.

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Lesson 5.2: Role Playing Receiving 

Supplies needed: journal optional


Big Idea 1: SE 1 Understanding Self as an Individual and as a Member of Diverse Local and Global Communities
     Concept C: Being a Contributing Member of a Diverse Global Community

Instruct the students to participate in the following Role Playing Receiving activity:

Find a partner.  Determine who will be Partner #1 and who will be Partner #2.  Have partners sit facing each other while doing your best to make eye contact. (The goal for this is to get to practice saying thank you in a way that is positive for both partners.)


Partner #1 - gives Partner #2 a simple and quick compliment.

Partner #2 - says "Thank you."


Switch roles 


Once everyone has had the opportunity to experience each role, bring the group back together and discuss the following: Was it weird to make eye contact? Did you take it seriously? Although this was a simple practice, do you think that saying thank you is important? Why? Have you ever given someone a compliment and they didn't say thank you? How did that make you feel? 

Share the following concept with the students:

When you are giving kindness by Noticing goodness it will come back to you.  It may not come back directly from the person you Noticed, but it will always come back to you. Because of this fact, we need to be ready to receive.  


Although it may seem simple and obvious, saying thank you when someone gives you a gift is an important thing to do. This applies to receiving compliments as well. When someone Notices the goodness in us it is so important that we really take it in (let it fuel our confidence), and say "thank you".


3 Billionaires believe you need these skills to be successful … positive communication skills. We agree!!   LINK TO ARTICLE

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Lesson 5.3: Role Models For Receiving 

Supplies needed: Journal or paper, writing and drawing supplies

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

Instruct the students to write down their thoughts regarding the following questions:
Who is someone you know that is great at receiving goodness? Can you identify someone who humbly and graciously receives goodness? Is it a family member? Someone from school? Someone you follow online? 

Then on the same piece of paper, ask the students to reflect on how they receive goodness.

Once everyone has had a chance to brainstorm their own ideas, come together to chat about it as a group! Discuss how we can use these confident examples to help our culture be more positive or help inspire others.

is also a form of Noticing


Quick Tip>

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Did you know that it is actually

a gift to the other person to receive?

It helps the person who shared goodness with you feel good too!



We often become like the people we surround ourselves with.  Many scientists believe this is in part due to a system in our brains called "mirror-neurons".  

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