YEAR 2 LESSON TITLES AND DESCRIPTIONS FOR THE HIGH SCHOOL CURRICULUM:
Objectives and Learning Targets
Lesson One—Review of Acronym PATH
- Students will review the acronym PATH.
Students will review the definition of self-awareness and recognize its value in social and emotional learning.
- Students will practice resilience through sample decision-making scenarios that have more favorable outcomes when guided by PATH.
- Students will review how self-awareness, one component of PATH, empowers them to make confident decisions, minimize self-doubt, and communicate more effectively with others.
Lesson Two—The P in PATH, Purpose - My Purpose Board
- Students will review the meaning of the P in PATH–having a sense of Purpose in daily life–in other words, Purpose Now.
- Students will create a Purpose Board and explore the value in knowing one’s likes, abilities, interests, and strengths.
- Students will learn the connection between their Purpose Board and a sense of self-reliance, especially when faced with adversity and challenges in life.
- Students will learn the connection between their Purpose Board and a sense of empathy for others, knowing their own strengths if/when faced with an opportunity to help others.
Lesson Three—The A in PATH, Attitude - Positive Affirmations
- Students will review the A in PATH and learn there are strategies for initiating an attitude shift when needed for better mental and emotional health.
- Students will practice positive affirmations, learning how to replace negative self-talk for mental and emotional health management.
- Students will learn how Attitude is equivalent to perspective, which usually presents itself on a range or continuum. “Flipping” one’s attitude often means seeing another perspective or point of view.
- Students will explore how to use positive affirmations to change perspective when negative thoughts interfere with a person’s quality of life, or hold a person back from fulfilling individual goals or aspirations.
Lesson Four—The T in PATH, Team - Constructive Criticism and Positive Influencers
- Students will review the definition of Team, specifically the PITCrew Team, as it pertains to the T in PATH.
- Students will learn about strategies to help them differentiate between criticism that triggers shame, and constructive criticism that is supportive and part of the learning process.
- Students will recognize the need for self-awareness when others offer them feedback, positive or negative.
- Students will recognize the potential for influences on mental/emotional health due to social media’s role in our world.
Lesson Five—The H in PATH, Hope - The Power of Holding On
- Students will review the definition of Hope as it pertains to the H in PATH.
- Students will learn of the resources available to: a) survivors of a suicide attempt and b) the survivors of suicide loss (family/friends).
- Students will engage skills of empathy as they view the suicide survivor story of Meghan Miller.
- Students will review the power of asking for help if suicidal ideation becomes evident, for themselves or a friend/loved one, or a peer/co-worker who asks for help.
Lesson Six—The Power of PATH Review and Exit Survey
- Students will review The Power of PATH components that may serve them in their future management of mental and emotional health.
- Students will provide feedback for your instruction (Exit Survey/Final Test) regarding the PATH Curriculum’s many resources to support mental/emotional health and suicide awareness.
- Students will explore the current resources available toward overcoming stigma and taboo topics that culturally/historically have kept people from openly talking about mental and emotional health.
- Students will reflect on their understanding of the Power of PATH beyond the classroom and school.
NOTE: If your school is planning to use the Power of PATH as a multi-year curriculum, this outline encompasses year two only - the six fundamentals of the Power of PATH.
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