Optimism involves learning to think positively about the future – even when things go wrong. It’s about looking objectively at a situation, making a conscious decision to focus on the good.

This will help young people understand:

  • Optimistic attitudes need to involve realistic ideas
  • Self-talk assists in developing optimism
  • Thoughts which are negative can be overridden with positive thoughts
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Lesson/Session Outline

Lesson/Session Outline (Optimism)

Activities have been designed to be stand alone or run in a sequence for a 50 min lesson/session. Templates are linked below for completing the activities.

Activities include:

  1. Buzz Activity: Rolling!
  2. Class discussion (Think-Pair-Share)
  3. Self-Talk
  4. Exploring ReachOut.com

What is Self Talk?

Negative Self Talk (Video)

All about confidence

How to build self confidence

Classroom Tips:

  • Remind students of classroom group agreement / norms (creating a safe and supportive environment)
  • Spend time during your lessons asking students to set goals, short and long – these can be subject, school or personal goals
  • Develop a class goal for the term/semester to achieve as a collective group

Next Steps

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