Personal Growth Teacher Resources
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In the Zone
Students study physical fitness, in particular the heart and how to live a healthy lifestyle. In this physical fitness instructional activity students use a heart rate monitor to see their physical fitness level and develop a personal growth portfolio.
What Color Is Your Apple?
Third graders spend time identifying the characteristics they have and ones they would like to develop for their own personal growth. As a class, they brainstorm ways they can tell they are growing up or being mature. Individually, they write one trait in one of four apples and pass it along to another classmate.
Strength-Training for Both Body and Mind
students take part in a variety of writing exercises about the most important pastime or activities in which they participate and the personal growth gained through this participation.
Opening Eyes, Changing Minds. Talking About Personal Transformation And the Development of World Views
Students read one teen's story of personal growth through learning about racism and the criminal justice system to explore how individuals' world views are shaped and changed through experiences and education.
In The Zone
A 10 week project to track heart rate through physical activity. This lesson recommends using a heart rate monitor but if these are not available to use that's ok. The goal is to monitor, track, and analyze their heart rate in running one mile daily. There are worksheets to fill out, data to look at, and goals to set while taking a look at what it means to create a healthy lifestyle.
What is Personal Growth?
Students develop a plan to improve their personal growth. In this psychology lesson, students research personal growth areas for development by reading sections of Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens by Sean Covey and then developing an individual plan to improve their personal growth.
Online Student Career Plan and Portfolio
Intended to provide teachers with ideas on how to incorporate career research and portfolio building, this lesson provides several learning options. The suggestions will aid learners in understanding job or career research, personal skills and abilities, and using an online format to create a career portfolio. Check it out!
Analyze magazines as a class, looking carefully for the target audience, advertisements, and topics presented. Small groups then work as a publication team and receive a magazine that they have to "sell." Each individual has a different role such as editor-in-chief or assistant, and they use internet research to write articles. Have fun writing with this project.
Get Involved! Ways to Make a Difference through Social Action
How can you improve the quality of life in your community? Intermediate and advanced English language learners discuss how volunteering and giving back can make one feel a sense of community. Start with the introductory discussion questions, and then review a list of related vocabulary words before jumping into the handout (provided). Pupils watch a YouTube video (link is included), and then discuss things they'd like to change in their own personal communities. A complete resource is available for you here.
Kids 2 College: College Visit Planning Guide
With questionnaires, check lists, and supplemental activities, this guide has it all. Intended to expose high schoolers to the wonders of college life, teachers are prompted to have learners visit a college campus. And, this 20-page visiting guide will make it easy.
Milkwood: Questioning Strategy
Milkwood, Jerry Spinelli's young adult novel about a boy in Warsaw, Poland during World War II, gives middle schoolers a chance to consider the moral dimensions of decision-making. Using a cubing strategy, readers choose a topic (stealing, killing, family, war, violence) and use the steps in Bloom's taxonomy to think critically about their issue. Complete directions for the activity and a worksheet are included.
New! Sea Signs
Here is a lesson that could easily be adapted to suit the needs of learners with hearing impairments or communication disorders. In pairs, learners research sea animals and sign language through practice and the WiggleWorks® computer program. The lesson is center based and provides multiple opportunities for learners to engage in reading practice, finger spelling, and topical research.
Outdoor Action Leadership & Group Dynamics Workshop
Students practice tools of observation and action to become a more effective leaders and facilitators. They engage in group exercises, one-on-one, and journal writing. In addition, they create base groups that to experience group development and process.
Great Cities of the Middle East
Students explore the cities of Cairo, Istanbul, Jerusalem, Mecca and Tehran. In this Middle East lesson plan, students complete a map, research one of the five the cities and prepare a presentation that includes details about the city. Students also create a musical instrument that these five cities are known for.
One Plus One Makes You and Me - Respect
Young pupils should benefit from this wonderful series of activities designed to teach them how to get along with, and respect each other. Learners recognize how to demonstrate both respectful and disrespectful behavior, and take part in role plays in order to gain social skills. Perfect for early-elementary children.
Lesson Plan: Finding Your Path
Our art often reflects who we are as individuals and as part of a larger community. The painting Hopi Eagle Dancer reflects the history and culture of the artists who created it. Critical thinkers analyze the piece and then compose a poem that expresses who they are as a person, and who they are as a part of a community.
Connected Educators Month
Education and thought leaders join forces to provide invigorating professional opportunities online.
Heaven or Groundhog Day?
An engaging and highly relevant way for students to examine classic literary ideas. Although the primary text for this resource is nontraditional ( the 1993 movie Groundhog Day), this plan incorporates several more classical, literary texts that connect to the themes, characters and motifs presented in this film. Learners engage in a series of activities that help them make a connection between texts.
Students use online self-assessment inventories to aid them in making career decisions. In this career decisions lesson plan, students visit the given website and identify their strengths and weaknesses. Students complete an online self-assessment inventory and explore categories they score high in. Students make a written comparison of their activity and choose three areas to improve upon.
"Beneath a Dark Mountain"
Centered around the short story "Beneath a Dark Mountain" by Jessica Hekman, this plan contains prereading activities and a post-reading writing assignment that encourages writers to craft a scene about the past or present.