During March, Saklan’s social-emotional learning focused on ways to be optimistic, which is especially relevant this year. While optimism is associated with being a “glass half-full” kind of person, there are lots of ways to be optimistic in everyday life:
- Look for the good in others
- Be a problem solver
- Believe in yourself
- Look for opportunities to learn something new
- Take time for yourself to do the things you are passionate about
- When things don’t go your way, don’t dwell on the negative. Instead, focus on what worked.
Focusing on the the things that make you feel lucky is also a great way to stay optimistic. In Ms. Rokas’s class, students completed a “craftivity” where they wrote four sentences that began with the phrase, “I am lucky…” They wrote their completed sentences on a four leaf clover – the ultimate symbol of optimism and good luck!