Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Project: Happy!

This school year I have been given the opportunity to have a 6th grade elective. My guidelines:
1. Think about what 6th graders could benefit from.
2. Have fun with this!

OH LORD! Flexibility is a beautiful thing!

I started brainstorming... what do 6th graders need more of in their lives?
1. Technology- NO
2. Stress-NO
3. More work-NO
4. Social-emotional learning- YES!

A great morning meeting question I have heard before is: What problem do you see in this world and how can you help fix it? This got my mind moving...

I  also started to think about what I felt passionate about. I love school counseling (obvious), I love my faith, helping others, working with people, exercising, eating healthy, learning, and being positive. I thought about the stress that our students are under and how I worry about how they handle it. Over the last year, I have been reading more and more about the teenage brain, and how students in K-12 deal with stressors and anxiety. It scares me, it really does. These kids do not have the brain maturity to handle intense stress. I started researching stress in our youth and what can be done about it.

Through this exploration came: PROJECT:HAPPY! Major props to the hubs for helping me create a great name.

Throughout this semester we will be learning about the following:

  • Positive Psychology
  • The adolescent brain
    • Specifically chemicals that "make" happiness (dopamine, serotonin, oxytocin, endorphins) and how you can be in control of increasing them.
  • Tools to help de-stress
  • How healthy choices can make us feel better
    • exercise techniques
    • Healthy foods
  • Service to our community
I look forward to this class each week and am excited to continue to help myself grow in the "happy department" as well as give others an opportunity to choose their happiness, regardless of circumstance.

Hope your day is filled with happiness!

Sincerely,
Your Floridian Chick!