Thinking Positive

Thinking Positively battles the cycle of negative feelings that can trick a mind into staying negative. This unit covers identifying negative feelings, and utilizing the power of using positive self-talk to overcome negative thinking.

Sample Video:

Keep Trying Even If It's Hard

SOCIAL SKILLS IN ACTION (SSIA) – This video models how to use positive thinking when we are facing a challenge. When something is hard for us, we should stay calm, think positive thoughts, and come up with a strategy to help us succeed at the moment.

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Transcript:

Narrator: There may be times when something is difficult for us. 

 

<Animated scene>

(Boy 1 tries to stack blocks but they fell down.)

 

Narrator: This can make us feel frustrated (frustrated icon appears) and want to give up. We need to keep trying even if something is hard so we can learn new things and get better. Instead of thinking “I can’t do this,” try to tell yourself positive messages like “I can keep trying, I can do it”. Staying positive helps us keep an open mind, so we can figure out strategies to help us. 

 

SKILLS

Narrator: Whenever we’re having a hard time, we can use positive thinking (positing thinking icon appears). We make sure to stay calm. Tell yourself positive thoughts like “I can do this” and “It will be ok.” Come up with strategies to help you when things are hard. Let’s watch Haley learn how to keep trying when things get hard.

 

<SCENE 1 Classroom>

Haley: Wow, your drawing looks really good.

Connor: Thanks!

Haley: My drawing doesn’t look good at all.

Connor: I think it’s fine.

Haley: Well… maybe if I tried to color this in a little more.

(Girl continues to work on her drawings.)

Haley: Ugh! Now it looks even worse! (Throws pen down an yells.) I don’t want to do this anymore!

 

Narrator: When Haley had a tough time, she wanted to give up. Did this solution solve her problem? Let’s see what Haley is thinking.

 

(Problem scale icon appears.)

 

Haley: (internal thought) I’m so bad at this. I know we’re supposed to finish them and turn them in but I don’t want to. I just want to give up.

 

Narrator: Haley felt frustrated (frustrated icon appears) that her drawing did not come out the way she wanted. This is a small problem that made her feel very upset. (Problem scale icon appears.) She told herself she is bad at coloring. 

 

<Animated caption>

Haley: (internal thought) I’m bad at coloring. 

 

Narrator: This only made her want to stop and give up. We can solve small problems ourselves by keeping an open mind and positive attitude. We can use positive thinking (positive thinking icon appears) to come up with strategies to deal with something that is hard. Let’s watch Haley try again.

 

<SCENE 1 Classroom>

Haley: Wow, your drawing looks really good.

Connor: Thanks.

Haley: My drawing doesn’t look good at all.

Connor: I think it’s fine.

Haley: Well… maybe if I tried to color this in a little more.

(Girl 1 continues to work on her drawing.)

Haley: (inner monologue) Ugh! Now it’s even worse! I hate drawing! (Takes deep breath.) (Problem scale icon appears.) It’s not a big deal. I don’t have to be the best at everything. It takes practice to get good at something. I bet I can fix it. (Positive thinking icon appears.)

 

<SCENE 1 Classroom>

Haley: That looks better.

Connor: Yeah, not bad!

Haley: Thanks!

 

Narrator: Haley was able to change her thinking, from telling herself she can’t do it to telling herself she can. 

 

<Animated caption>

Haley: (internal thought) I bet I can do it. 

 

Narrator: This is called using positive thinking (positive thinking icon appears). You tell yourself you can do it and find strategies that will help you. Haley knew that not liking her drawing was a small problem, so she stayed calm (calm emoticon appears) and used positive thinking to keep trying even when it was hard.

 

If Haley gave up, she would feel bad about herself and get a poor grade. That would make the problem worse. But by staying positive and trying to think of a strategy to get better instead of giving up, Haley was able to complete her project. 

 

WHAT DID WE LEARN?

What did we learn? Whenever we’re having a hard time, we can use positive thinking (positive thinking icon appears). We make sure to stay calm. Tell yourself positive thoughts like “I can do this” and “It will be ok.” Come up with strategies to help you when things are hard.

 

Companion Worksheet:

Every video comes with a companion worksheet for students to review what they just learned. This helps assess comprehension and promote generalization by reinforcing the concepts covered in the video.

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