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101 Life-Skills Discussion Topics | Grades 4-12
David Cowan and Susanna Palomares
Innerchoice Publishing | Jalmar / Softcover / May 2013
9781564990907 (ISBN-10: 1564990907)
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132 pages
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You’ll find it easy to start kids talking and sharing with this collection of powerful, student-centered discussion topics. This proven interactive process for students grades 4 through 12 will bring focus to vital life skills in the following areas:

• Self-Awareness
• Feelings and Wellness
• Relating to Others
• Learning and Creativity
• Decision Making and Problem Solving
• Taking Responsibility and Acting Assertively.

With these fully-developed discussion topics at hand you can tailor the conversations you have with students to optimize learning and to make the greatest impact as an education professional. Includes suggestions for topic introductions to spark student thinking along with multiple discussion questions to get them to expand their thoughts and focus on significant learnings. The entire process gets kids talking face-to-face about real, meaningful, and important issues

The book also provides the teacher and/or counselor with detailed background information and a solid theory base, plus comprehensive instructions in the Sharing Circle process.



How to Set Up Sharing Circle Discussions

How to Lead a Sharing Circle

Steps for Leading a Sharing Circle

Training Student Leaders

Creating Your Own Topics

101 Life-Skills Topics


What I Think Good Communication Is
A Way I Let Others Know I’m Interested In What They Say
A Time When I Really Felt Heard
Once When Somebody Wouldn’t Listen to Me
How I Got Someone to Pay Attention to Me
My Greatest Strength
An Ability or Talent I’m Proud Of
One of the Nicest Things That Ever Happened to Me
A Special Occasion or Holiday That Relates to My Culture
Something I Like That Is Part of Another Culture
My Favorite Subject at School
My Favorite Hero or Heroine
My Favorite Villain
Someone I’d Like to Be Like
Something I Like to Imagine
One of My Favorite Pastimes
Something I Enjoy Doing That I Do Well
A Favorite Place of Mine
A Time I Won and Loved It
A Time I Lost and Took It Hard
A Skill or Talent of Mine that I Could Use in a Job
A Job I Would Really Enjoy
A Job I Think I Would Dislike

Feelings and Wellness

A Time I Remember Feeling Totally Alive and inTouch With the World
A Feeling of Sadness I Remember
A Time I Was Alone, But Not Lonely
A Time I Felt Scared
How My Fear Helped Me Realize a Danger
I Felt Good and Bad About the Same Thing
A Place Where I Feel Safe
When My Body Felt Tired But Good at the Same Time
Some of the Best Health/Appearance Advice I Ever Heard
Something That Causes Me Stress
Something I Worried About That Turned Out OK
Something I Do for My Own Well-Being
One of My Regular Health Habits

Relating to Others

I Wanted To Be Part of a Group, But Was Left Out
A Time I Felt Like I Belonged
One of the Best Times I Ever Had with a Friend
What I Like Best About the Person I Like Most
How I Handled a Disagreement with a Friend
Someone I Know Who Is an Accepting Person
Someone Who Trusts Me
When Someone Expected the Very Best of Me
Someone Did Something for Me That I Really Appreciated
When Someone Criticized Me
Something I Never Do When I Want to Make Friends with Someone
One of the Nicest Things a Friend Ever Did for Me
Something Nice That I Did for a Friend
I Have a Friend Who Is Really Different From Me
How I Learned to Get Along with Someone Who Doesn’t Think the Way I Do
A Time I Was Rejected for Something About Me That Was Different
I Didn’t Get Help When I Needed It Badly
I Observed a Conflict
I Got Blamed for Something I Didn’t Do
A Time Someone Put Me Down, But I Handled It Well
A Time I Was Involved in a Misunderstanding
Something That Really Bothers Me
A Time When Someone Wouldn’t Listen to Me
A Time I Controlled Myself and the Situation Well

Learning and Creativity

Something I Enjoy Doing Because It Gives Me a Feeling of Accomplishment
Something I’d Do If I Knew I Couldn’t Fail
Something I Did (or Made) That I’m Proud Of
Something I Created
Something I Learned That Was Enjoyable
A Skill I’m Learning Now That I Didn’t Have a Year Ago
Something I Finished That I Had a Hard Time Starting
A Project I’ve Got Going Right Now
Something I Taught Myself
A Time I Taught Something to Someone Else
Something I’m Learning Now That Is Difficult
An Experience That Caused Me to See Things Differently
Something I See Differently Than My Parents’ Generation Sees It
Something I Created as a Child
How My Environment Affects My Creativity
The Craziest Dream I Ever Had
In My Dream, My Wish Came True
I Did Something in My Dream That I Couldn’t Do Awake
A Time I Was Glad I Had Supervision
Something at Which I’m Getting Better

Decision Making and Problem Solving

Part of Me Wanted to Do One Thing, and Part of Me Wanted to Do Another3
A Time I Shared (or Didn’t Share) in Making a Decision
I Used Good Judgment
A Time When I Didn’t Want Anyone Telling Me What to Do
Something Worth Saving For
Someone Handled a Problem Differently Than I Would Have
I Ignored a Problem, But It Didn't Go Away
I Solved a Problem Effectively
When People Try to Solve Each Other’s Problems
A Problem I’d Like Suggestions for Solving

Taking Responsibly and Acting Assertively

A Time I Talked to Someone I Was Afraid to Talk To
Someone Tried to Make Me Do Something I Didn't Want to Do
I Said Yes When I Wanted to Say No
It Was Hard to Say No, But I Did
I Stood Up for Something I Strongly Believe In
A Time When I Was the Leader
A Situation in Which I Behaved Responsibly
A Way I’m Independent
How I Helped Someone Who Needed and Wanted My Help
If I Could Do Anything, with No Limits
Where I Think Humankind is Headed
Something I’ve Done (or Could Do) to Improve Our World

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