Teaching at 17? #3- Creating Our ‘What We Love’ Board

Friday October 7th, 2016

Today was the last day before fall break. The end of, arguable, the work, most stressful week of the year, especially for seniors. I knew that i was going to have group fitness that day, so I tried to think of something that would spread some good vibes and have everyone walking out of the class smiling and feeling good about themselves. So I thought of this: The ‘What We Love’ Board. Over the last 6 months, my relationship with my body and myself has changed significantly (for the good). I wanted to see how the kids in the class’ views on their bodies could change throughout the year. This is how I ran the activity: I had everyone sit in a circle next to 1 or 2 people who they felt comfortable and close with. Each person got 4 pieces of paper: 1 white scrap square, 1 pink post-it not, 1 blue posit-it note, and 1 green post-it note. First, everyone wrote down one thing that they didn’t like about their bodies/physical appearance on the white scrap paper. Once everybody had something written down, I put a trash can in the middle of the circle, and had everyone crumple up their piece of paper and throw it into the trash can. Once we got rid of all the bad thoughts, we wrote one thing we liked about ourselves on the pink post-it. For example, mine was my laugh and my ability to make other people laugh. This had nothing to do with my physical appearance, which is the whole point. I had everyone hold on to it and got them into their pairs/groups. With the other 2 post-it’s, I had them write something they liked about their partners (physical or personality). When everybody had something written down on each post-it, I had them all stick it up on a big poster. Our plan is to keep the poster with stickies up in the room all year to remind everyone how much good there is in the room. I want to run this activity multiple times this year to expand our ‘What We Love’ board. By the end of the year, I hope we have one giant poster of happiness and god vibes!

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