These activities teach the positive actions for physical, intellectual, social and emotional areas of self. They help empower students to make positive choices and achieve goals in and out of the school classroom.  If your class is struggling in certain areas, or their attitudes are not where you would like them to be, use one of the positive action activities to improve and reinforce intuitive philosophy that enables the students to feel good about themselves. You will soon notice the flow-on effects created in your classroom. If you would like these five positive action activities as a PDF resource please email me at dale@breakappz.com

Special Talents 

Everyone is good at something, and that is a very important message for students to realise. Get students to write down what they are good at and share this with the class. It’s important for the teacher to say that everybody is good at different things. Some students may be great readers; other students may be amazing artists. Everyone is different and we are all special. Each student has his or her own special talents that no one else has. If certain students can’t think of one, work one out as a class for them. This is a great way to boost self-esteem and also class confidence.

You can also play a game where students stick a piece of paper on their backs. Then with pens that will not go through the paper, students move around the room writing something positive or something that that certain student is good at. Then at the end of the class each student has a sheet with lots of positive praise and things that their classmates think they are good at.

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Healthy Body 

Talk to the students about how important it is to have a healthy body. The main areas for discussion are nutrition, exercise, and sleep.

You can ask students what they feel a healthy diet is, and what they eat currently, and then talk about the five food groups and how a balanced diet is very important for a healthy mind.

In regards to exercise you can talk about the different types of exercise, and also the benefits socially, physically and mentally that regular exercise will have on their bodies. Demonstrate some of the BrainBreak movements and exercises that they can use at home, out of school hours.

Sleep is also a huge factor in having a healthy body. This is a topic that certain students will really benefit from. The importance of a good night’s sleep is huge to maintain a healthy body.

A good challenge for healthy bodies is to split students into small groups, and ask them to come up with a new BrainBreak that you will be able to use in the classroom, and that they will be able to use at home.

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Getting Along With Others 

Talk to the students about how important it is to get along with others. The main areas for discussion are treating others fairly, kindly and respectfully.

This topic can be handled lots of different ways. One way is for students to play a game called mingle, mingle, mingle. In this game they have to try and talk to as many students as possible in one minute. The only thing is, for each minute, they have to act a certain way. The first minute they need to be rude. The second minute they need to be loud and annoying. The third minute they need to be overly positive and happy. The final minute they have to be kind and praising.

After each minute ask how students felt acting this way and also how they felt being treated that way. At the end of the four different minutes, have a class discussion about what they have learnt about getting along with others.

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Being Honest 

Talk to the students about how important it is to be honest in life. The main areas for discussion are being honest with yourself and others, taking responsibility, admitting mistakes, and not blaming others.

This is an area that is very important; ask students who always tells the truth and who always tells lies.

Play a game called two truths and one lie. Each student takes it in turn of telling two things that are true about them, then a lie about themselves to the class. The class has to work together to pick the lie.

Once you have played this game, have a class discussion about why they feel telling the truth and being honest is important, or why some might feel that not admitting mistakes and telling lies is all right. You will find this to be a powerful class debate and a very positive actions’ talk.

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Improving Yourself 

Talk to the students about how important it is to improve themselves. The main areas for discussion are about setting and achieving personal goals.

Talk about what goals are, such as short-term goals and long-term goals. For example, Dale is a grade six student, his short-term goals are to pass his weekly spelling test and get into a good secondary school. His long-term goals are to pass secondary college with good grades and be accepted into university. Dale also wants to play in a senior premiership and football in the future.

Once the class has written down some short- and long-term goals, talk about ways that they will achieve these goals. What will they have to sacrifice or work harder at? Also to see if the goals they set are realistic, and achievable, as it is very important not to set goals that are unachievable.

Finish this positive action of improving yourself by asking the students why it is important to set goals. See why they feel it is important or why it might not be important. This should lead into a positive class debate.

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