Neil Pashricha’s blog 1000 Awesome Things (http://1000awesomethings.com/) is a great source of discussion topics or ideas for things to do during advisory time:
- Decorating lockers (building a sense of community on the team)
- Showing an elderly friend something new on the computer (being involved in the community)
- Numerating things that make you laugh (creating a positive team climate)
- Watching out for friends (growing up safe)
Neil was a recent TED Talk guest. Watching the video as a team or in individual advisory groups might just stimulate good conversations about the impact of one’s attitude on life, emotional health, and behavior. Too often young adolescents feel powerless. Neil, a young professional that most kids could identify with, describes choices he made to empower himself during a time of sadness and loss.
His talk is entitled “The 3 A’s of Awesome” is is quite inspiring as we learn how a simple blog he started has grown into an award-winning world-wide phenomenon. You can view the video at http://www.ted.com/talks/neil_pasricha_the_3_a_s_of_awesome.html.
Prompts based on the video might include (these might not make sense without watching the video):
- What are some ways you embrace your inner 3 year old so that you notice the world around you?
- What are the most challenging situations that make it difficult for you to maintain a positive attitude?
- Create a collage that represents your authentic self.
- Attitude, Awareness, or Authenticity–which are your strengths and which challenge you?
- What 3 ideas drive your life?
Other activities based on Neil’s blog and video might include:
- Students create a team area bulletin board on awesome things about their team or school or town.
- Students develop their own blogs focusing on awesome aspects of their lives. (Check out security precautions your school wants you to take so students don’t give out personal information.)
- Students and teachers create and post a team word cloud about awesome things using Wordle.com
- Team uses the video and blog as an inspiration for a service learning project.
- The advisory or teams problem solves a significant school issue and acts on their ideas.