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Person JumpingPositive Attitude Person Jumping

Your point of view, your outlook on life, your state or frame of mind.


Nobody will think you're somebody, if you don't think so yourself. -African American proverb

If you think you can, you can.  And if you think you can't, you're right. -Mary Kay Ash, founder of Mary Kay cosmetics.

              This means:

Trophy   Looking for ways to cheer up someone who is sad.
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Finding a reason every day to be happy.

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Believing you can do anything you set your mind to.

Trophy   Accepting the things you cannot change.
Trophy   Spreading cheer compliment those around you.
 
Suggested Activities:
1.  Monthly character trait supported and reinforced through Renaissance.
2.  Morning announcements will be made periodically supporting a Positive Attitude. 
3.  Have students think of the most cheerful person they know. Interview that person and write down three ways he or she keeps this positive attitude.  Make a list in the classroom of these techniques and have students practice them for one week.  Discuss at the end how their week was different.  

4.  Role play the following situations first with a negative attitude then a positive one:

-failing a test

-receiving instruction from a coach

-taking care of a younger sibling when you want to be at  a friend's house

-a friend pointing out that a classmate looks bad

-getting kicked off of a team

-trying out for a sport or activity and not making it  

5.  Collect ten cartoons (or quotes) that you enjoy and share them with your students.  Have students bring in their own favorites and create a bulletin board.  Use humor as a tool for a positive attitude.  
 6.  Study popular songs and discuss the attitudes they reveal. Song lyrics can be printed from the internet and are a great source for poetry units.  
7.  Writing Activity:  How do you show a positive attitude?  
 8.  Buzzwords Optimism, Cheerfulness, Acceptance, Resilience, Humility, Enthusiasm  
Discussion Questions:  
- Would my friends describe me as cheerful?  
 Why or why not? 

- Do I have a sense of humor?

-  Can I laugh at and learn from my own mistakes? 

- Do I begin each day with enthusiasm? 

- Am I a good sport? 

- Do I lose and win gracefully?

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