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
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.
- Buzz Activity: Rolling!
- Class discussion (Think-Pair-Share)
- Exploring ReachOut.com
What is Self Talk?
Negative Self Talk (Video)
All about confidence
How to build self confidence
- 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