A talk about how failure is important in order to be successful in life.
A talk about the importance of aiming and focusing on goals in order achieve true success.
Have Fun/ Pretest
John discusses balancing work and fun through self-discipline. Then students take a pretest to see where they are.
A music video that encourages us to keep going despite the obstacles that come our way.
Road Trip Series
Road Trip: Part 1
John talks about what it means to focus on what you have to do to get through hard times.
Road Trip: Part 2
Kindness plays a crucial role in our lives, and it’s the foundation of strong communities.
Road Trip: Part 3
In the last part of the Road Trip Series, John talks about valuing wisdom to help us navigate the world.
Big 5 Personalities
Using animated characters, we discuss the first two of the Big 5 personality traits: openness to experience and conscientiousness.
Big 5 Personalities
We discuss the last three of the Big 5 personality traits: extraversion, agreeableness, and neuroticism.
John reviews the 5 Core Emotions using the acronym, J-FADS, and discusses why emotions are necessary for survival.
Students watch video clips and decide what emotion is present, and then break down the emotion on an intensity scale.
People Skills Series
Day with a Celebrity
Kindness is explored from a different angle as John talks about spending a day with a celebrity from two different viewpoints.
What is the difference between being rude and disrespectful? Students try out a few examples to see if they can tell the difference.
We discuss different aspects of communication, and why they are essential people skills we all need.
Students debate from different perspectives of a situation. Then they work together to attempt to resolve the conflicts.
A music video about getting through hardships by focusing on hope and happiness.
We expolere the two different types of happiness, and why both are necessary.
We have an idea of what happiness is, but how do we get it? We take a look at some of the answers.
Students are challenged to plan and accomplish an act of gratitude for someone else.
Fired Up Series
Fire is an integral part of the human experience… and so is conflict. Both are powerful forces that can be helpful and dangerous.
Fuel on the Fire
In this video we introduce the three phases of conflict escalation according to Friedrich Glasl.
We look at the typical actions that tend to cause conflicts to escalate from one phase to the next.
In these scenarios, students look at conflicts, picking out escalations and coming up with better methods.
Music video – a song about feeling invisible, bringing up the topic of the lenses we choose to see through.
A talk about how we see ourselves and tips to make sure we’re using the right lenses.
We all have blind spots and we don’t always know what they are. Admitting we have them is step one.
Empathy vs. Sympathy
Students decide if the person in the scenario is showing sympathy or empathy.
It’s time to take a quick look back to see how far we’ve come and how we’ve changed.
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