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Motivation Monday 2022-2023


Motivation Monday 2022-2023

First thing Monday morning, we like to set the tone for our week by showing a "Motivation Monday" video.  These videos help to spark conversation about our GRIT theme of the month and to reinforce the mindsets and behaviors of the school counseling curriculum. Watch these videos with your kiddos and ask them what they talked about during their classroom discussion.  Maybe they'll give you a little bit of motivation on Monday morning too!  


March 2023: Listening and Communication/ Growth Mindset

3/6/23:The Power of Yet/Growth Mindset song: 

Can you share a time with your class when “the power of YET” really helped you to push through and keep working toward something when it got difficult?

3/13/23: Get Back Up Again:

3/20/23:   I Want To Have a Growth Mindset Song:

How can you exercise your brain so that it gets stronger and smarter? What does your brain need to grow?

3/27/23: How Far I’ll Go:


Growth Mindset Song:


Growth Mindset Rap: 

Does your mindset change in different situations?  (at school vs. at home or with friends)?

Growth Mindset Music Video:

Is there someone in your life (a family member, classmate, friend etc...) with a negative or fixed mindset – someone who won’t take risks, who can’t admit mistakes, who falls apart or gets defensive after setbacks? Do you understand that person better now that you know what a growth mindset is?


February: Flexibility 

2/6/2023: “Flexible Thinking” song 

Are you able to “go with the flow” in your thinking when things get tough? Has something that’s typically easy for you become hard or challenging and you’ve had to change your way of doing things or learn something new?

2/13/2023: Random Acts of Kindness week!!

Do you find that it’s easy or hard to act kindly toward others? Is it easier or harder to be kind to those who are closest to you or toward strangers?

What is kindness?

Color your world with kindness

2/27/2023: ”It’s OK to Make Mistakes”  

How do you feel when you make a mistake?  What do you say to yourself when you do?  What might you say to someone you care about when THEY make a mistake?

“You Can’t Always Get What You Want” 

Do you take “No” for an answer when your parents tell you NO or do you continue to ask yourself until they give in to what you want? Why do you think your parents need to tell you NO sometimes?

Another Plan”: 

When have you had to change your plans recently?  How did you react when plans had to change?

Extra videos: 

”It’s OK to Make Mistakes”  

How do you feel when you make a mistake?  What do you say to yourself when you do?  What might you say to someone you care about when THEY make a mistake?

You Can Bend: 

School Flexibility Song: 

Thinking Flexibly: 

Color your world with Kindness: 

Be a good friend: 

”Change Your Plan” 

Why is it important to be able to be flexible in your thinking?  How do you react when things don’t go your way?  How have you been flexible this week?



1/9/23 A Million Dreams 

What are some goals you’ve set for yourself to finish off this school year strong?

1/30/23 Who I’m Meant To Be: 


Past videos:

High Hopes:

What do you think it means when he sings about having “high hopes”?  

Choose Happy: 

Do you believe that happiness is a choice?  

What does it mean to you to “think of the glass as half full”, instead of half empty? If you are not thinking happy thoughts, how might you feel?





11/14/22: Identifying and naming your emotions:

Do you ever notice more than one emotion coming up for you at one time? What kinds of emotions do you tend to notice together?


11/21/22: Calm Body, Calm Mind:

What’s your favorite coping skill? Does deep breathing work for you or do you prefer something else?


11/28/22: Get Back Up Again (Trolls) 

What is one thing that you are struggling to accomplish this school year? Do you have a plan yet to help you succeed?


“I Am Resilient” By Katy Perry

What does the quote, “There has to be rain if I want the rainbows” mean to you?

In what ways have you had to show resilience in your life?


“Bounce Back” The Playground Craze

Tell about a time that you had to deal with something that seemed really difficult at the time, but when you look back now, things turned out OK or for the best?


Extra Videos:

Keep on Keeping on: 

Empathy Song: 

Walk in their shoes: 

Bounce Back Song: 

Hello, How Are You? 



10/3/22: Mr. Stanley, All About Perseverance  

Discussion Prompt: How can you show perseverance when at school? At home? With your friends? Or a different situation?

10/10/22: Imagine the Impossible

Discussion Prompt: What is something you have a passion for and you know you can achieve? Have you ever thought something was impossible for you to achieve but then you were able to? What got you to that point?

10/17/22:  “I lived” (OneRepublic)  One Voice Children’s Choir

Discussion Prompt: Talk about some place you’ve always wanted to go and tell us why? 

10/24/22: GRIT 

Discussion prompt: How do you know you’ve developed GRIT?  Do you think you have it or are you still working on it?

One Thousand Steps

Discussion Prompt: What advice would you give a friend who says that they don’t like learning or trying new things? Or that something they really want to do is impossible? 


September: GRIT

9/26/22: GRIT Definition:

What’s the difference between being tough and grit? (Your purpose. Your why.)

What’s something you're passionate about? What’s something that inspires you to dig deep and call on your grit?