JUST ONE WORD
OFTEN GIVING STUDENTS A VERY SIMPLE TASK CAN HELP GET THEM FOCUSED AS THE SHORT TERM GOAL IS EASILY ACHIEVABLE. THIS ACTIVITY ASKS STUDENTS TO THINK OF JUST ONE WORD TO START OFF AND THEN USES THAT SIMPLE TASK TO GENERATE DISCUSSION AROUND WELLBEING.
ASK STUDENTS TO GET INTO GROUPS OF FOUR OR FIVE
EXPLAIN TO STUDENT THAT THEY NEED TO THINK OF JUST ONE WORD THAT THEY ASSOCIATE WITH “WELLBEING”. IT CAN BE ANY WORD; THEY JUST HAVE TO BE ABLE TO TIE IT TO THE TOPIC OF WELLBEING.
GIVE STUDENTS SOME TIME TO THINK OF THEIR WORD. ONCE EVERYONE HAS THOUGHT OF THEIR WORD ASK STUDENTS TO SHARE THEIR WORD WITH THEIR GROUPS. STUDENTS CAN ALSO EXPLAIN TO THEIR GROUPS WHY THEY CHOSE A PARTICULAR WORD AND THE LINK THAT THE WORD HAS TO WELLBEING.
THROUGH THIS DISCUSSION STUDENTS WILL EXPLORE THE TOPIC OF WELLBEING AND WHAT IT MEANS TO THEM.
ASK ALL GROUPS IF ANYONE WOULD LIKE TO SHARE THEIR WORD WITH THE WHOLE CLASS.
ACTIVITIES FOR PASTORAL CARE & WELLBEING CLASSES
All activities have been adapted by Unleashing Personal Potential from www.improvencyclopedia.org, www.reachout.com, www.playmeo.com, www.tom.edu.au, and through years of practice in education. Thanks to the many educators who have contributed to this list of tried and tested activities.
For more activities like this (and much more), check out THRIVE Online Lesson Modules for Pastoral Care and Wellbeing.