Making Meaningful Changes

Lesson powerpoint here

Purpose of the session: to introduce students to how they can identify areas of their life that they would like to do differently/better.

  1. Heart. Give each student a piece of A3 paper. Ask them on one side to draw a circle and write ‘my 50th birthday ’ in it. Ask them to imagine that their dearest friend is making a speech about them on their 50th birthday. What will they say about who they are and what they have done? This activity will connect students to the ‘heart’ part of the coaching model.
  2. The model. On the slide, show students the coaching model: heart, head, step and explain how it works.
  3. The wheel of life. Ask students to draw a large circle on their A3 piece of paper and divide it up like a pizza into 8 slices. The divided circle represents their life and each section is an ingredient e.g. friends, family, interests, schoolwork, health etc. They should choose what goes into each section and then, rank each in order of importance from 1 to 8. They should then give themselves a score out of 10 for each section, where 10 is the best it could be for them (it’s a subjective 10). Ask students to use their scores to identify areas of their life that they would like to do differently or improve. Ask them what is going to make them act to improve an aspect of the pizza (connecting it to what’s in their heart, giving it meaning).
  4. Responsibility. Throw a pen across the classroom and ask the students who is responsible for picking it up. Discuss (questions on slide): * What if you had ordered one of them to pick it up, who is responsible then?  * What’s the difference between recognising responsibility for yourself and having someone else tell you what your responsibilities are?  * Is there a difference between knowing that we are responsible and actually taking responsibility?  * What are the conditions for making someone most likely to take responsibility for making a change and acting upon it?
  5. Big Picture/Little Picture. introduce idea that there are some things in life that are ‘big picture’ i.e. our big, overall aims and other things in life that are ‘little picture’ i.e. the things we have to do to achieve the big picture. Sometimes we are aware of the big picture, but sometimes we aren’t. Perhaps connect with the wheel of life exercise they did and ask them to identify a big picture and some little pictures to lead to it.
  6. Jessica Ennis. Play 5 minute clip about Jessica Ennis’s preparation for the London 2012 Olympic Heptathlon (where she won gold).   Ask students to identify the following things (slide for this on ppt): * What is in her heart (i.e. what matters most)? * What’s her ‘big picture’: her overall aim? * What’s her ‘little picture’: the smaller things she is doing to get there? * What is she responsible for/what can she control? * How does she become aware of this? * What is outside her control?
  7. Back to your wheel of life. Look at your scores out of 10; Which area would you like to do something about?; What is going to motivate you to do something about it (heart, meaning)?; What is the big picture and the little picture(s)?; When are you going to start?; What are you going to start with?; How will you know your changes are making a difference?

Prep: over the next 2 weeks, identify something else you would like to make changes to and be prepared to talk about your experiences next lesson.