Conquering Fear of the Future

The Goal: The goal of this exercise is to build students’ confidence about the future by remembering their past successes.

SEL

RAMP (ASCA) Mindset & Behaviors addressed and developed: Academic: Results Orientation; Taking Challenges. Career: Positive Attitude; Take Responsibility.  Social/Emotional: Self Control / Self Discipline; Perseverance; Social Maturity; Self Confidence; Empathy.

Materials

  • Circle of chairs
  • Indigo Report

Step 1: Ask students to think of something they are nervous about. (These fears do not need to be shared out loud.)

Step 2: Pair students up and have them both share a victory from their past. They can share with the group if they are willing.

Step 3: Encourage students to think about this past success throughout the week when facing challenges that make them scared or nervous.  Look at the Motivators section of the Indigo Report for clues of how you could inspire or drive students to tackle certain challenges they fear.

Example: A student is nervous for an upcoming test, but remember a past test that they studied for and passed. As they prepare for the next test, they will use the memory of the last test as motivation.