In this blog, we will delve into an empowering exercise designed to elevate students’ self-esteem and illuminate the myriad possibilities that lie ahead. Our keyword for this exploration is “talent,” as we guide students through a unique Talent Show experience.
This exercise is designed to boost the self-esteem of the students—it also shows them that there are many ways for them to use their talents in life. Reminding students that there are plenty of options in the future is important to keep them inspired to move forward.
RAMP (ASCA) Mindset & Behaviors addressed and developed:
Academic: Creativity; Self Motivation / Self Direction.
Career: Collaboration / Cooperation; Results Orientation; Identifying Goals.
Social/Emotional: Building Supportive Adult Relationships; Self Confidence; Sense of Belonging.
- Chairs arranged audience style
- Indigo Report
- Pencil and paper
The week before this exercise, tell students to write down a talent they want to display or perform. Tell them to feel free to be creative.
Allow each student time to share their talent with the group. After the student has shared, use the Indigo Report to brainstorm what sort of education or career futures could utilize their talents and abilities. You can use pages on the Indigo Report such as the Potential Degree Matches page to help make connections between the talent and real world opportunities.
Example: A student brings in a short story to share. You look at her Indigo Report and see she’s also a High I. She could do very well in journalism, travel writing, or advertising.