We found this speech by Nick Vujijic that is so impactful and inspiring. Its a little long, but worth every minute. For PSL sessions, you can perhaps select sections you'll like them to watch.
Classic 102'12 used this activity during the session on Peer Support.
- 37 pieces of paper each with a student’s name printed on it, will be pinned on the board.
- Students will be given post-its.
- Students are to write encouraging notes to their fellow classmates (anyone they wish to write to), and paste the post-its on that respective person’s piece of paper.
Classic 102'12 conducted this activity during the session on Peer Support.
PSLs will split the class into groups and give each a scenario to the class. They will be given a few minutes to discuss about what actions they would take and how they would peer support their friends who are in these situations.
After the groups are done discussing, they will take turns to present their ideas to the whole group. J/PSL to provide possible solutions if students are unable to come up with suitable ones.
Do come up with your own scenarios if possible, especially ones that your class can relate to.
Classic 102'12 used this video as a great way to sum up the session on Leadership!
Classic 102'12 used this activity for the session on Leadership.
"This activity's great because while it's really fun, it also allows the year 1s to get the chance to lead their peers which they might not always get to do or feel comfortable doing! They'll also be able to realise that sometimes you cannot lead alone-sometimes you do need support and help from other fellow leaders/your followers to be a good leader!
Here is another quiz on Self respect, suggested by Classic 102'12.
Students will close their eyes so that they will not see one another’s response and raise their hands to indicate their answers. J/PSLs to note general response of class:
1. You accept criticism without getting upset.
2. You accept yourself unconditionally.
3. You don't exaggerate, pretend or lie.
4. You are not afraid to express your feelings.
5. You don’t feel resentful when you lose.
6. You don't worry about what others think of you.
7. You don’t need other people’s opinions to feel good about yourself.
8. You remember your motivation, not the results.
9. You forgive yourself and move on from past mistakes.
10. You are not permanently striving to impress others with outer displays.
Adapted from: http://www.selfesteemawareness.com/selfesteem_quiz.htm
"The quiz served as a great introduction to the topic of self respect. The students could reflect on how much they actually respected themselves, and do it privately as well - since they were told to close their eyes. (:"
Classic 102'12 used this game for the session on Resilience.
The group will be standing on a tarp. The objective is to flip the tarp over without anyone stepping off the tarp. They will not be given any time before the game to strategise. During the game, only one person will be allowed to speak at any one time; anyone who wants to speak must raise their hand first. If more than one person speaks at any one time, or anyone steps off the tarp, the students will have to start all over again. (They will have to play the Rearrangement Game again; they will be given a different requirement to arrange themselves according to from what they were given the first time)
Here's what they said after conducting the game: "I really liked the activity because it provided an appropriate level of challenge. (they have to start over) However if classics want to do this, they must take note of the venue --- we did this in the classroom, and it was squeezy! I suggest doing this maybe at the Koi Pond :)"
102'12 Classic used this game for the session on Resilience.
The group will have to stand in a single row, arranging themselves according to the requirement given. (i.e. birthday- the oldest person at the front and the youngest at the back)
They will not be allowed to speak during this activity, thus will only be able to communicate through hand signs.
If anyone speaks, the requirement will be changed (eg. shoe size, primary school alphabetical order).
After they have arranged themselves, PSLs to check if the order is correct.
If the order is wrong, the students will have to start all over again)
Classic 102'12 recommends these videos for the topic on bullying
Classic 101'12 used this game as an Ice breaker and an introduction to the topic, Class Spirit.
3. PSLs to go around group by group to time how long each groups takes to accomplish the task.
4. PSLs to ask each group after timing them if that was the best strategy and ask if they want to retry.
5. Then, give them more time to strategise.