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P.E. Central Lesson Plan: Self-esteem Builder
Purpose of Activity:
The students will be able to recognize and acknowledge each other's strenghts as well as becoming more aware of their own and as a result enhance their self-esteem.
Suggested Grade Level:
6th and Up
Materials Needed:
Two sheets of paper & a pen for each student and masking tape;
Lesson Plan:
Description of Idea

Students will tape the blank piece of paper to their back and then walk around to five of their peers. Their peers will then write a thoughtful, tangible, comment on the paper. The comment should be something the student likes about the other. An example of an appropriate comment is "I like the way you are always smiling" or "You are a hard worker and I really admire that." Give the students examples before they begin so that they can get ideas of the types of comments to write. It is important that they take this assignment seriously because they can either make it a rewarding experience or a foolish one. After the student has given five comments to his or her peers and has recieved five comments, he or she can then read their paper.

Once the students have read the comments they are given another sheet of paper. The students should now write a paragraph describing how they felt about the comments, and if they learned any new positive things about themselves. The students then are to write another paragraph describing how it felt to look for positive attributes in their peers and how they felt about sharing those with their peers in writing. This activity should help the individual to see the positive qualities about themselves and their peers that they may not have previously realized.
Author:
Sara Curry. Additional authors for this idea were Stephenie Ingersoll . Posted on PEC: 5/17/2000.
This lesson plan was provided courtesy of P.E. Central (www.pecentral.org).
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