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Motivation Monday 2019-2020


Motivation Monday 2019-2020

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!  

May/June 2020: Good Sportsmanship and Integrity

5/4/20: Integrity Definition:

What does integrity mean to you?  How do you think integrity and honesty are connected?

5/11/20: Integrity: 

Have you ever taken a stand that was unpopular? What did you do? What was the outcome? How did you feel afterwards? What did you learn from the experience?

5/18/20: A life of Integrity:

Is being thought of as someone with integrity important to you? Why, or why not? How would you feel if someone accused you of not having integrity?

5/25/20: Rio 2016; Moments of sportsmanship

What does it mean to be a “good sport” to you? Why is it important to have good sportsmanship during a game? How does it affect the way people feel about playing a game?  How can you apply the idea of good sportsmanship outside of playing games?

6/1/20: Trolls, “Get back up Again” :

How have you gained GRIT this year?  What changings have you made in your actions? In the way you think?  

6/8/20: See you again:

Have a wonderful summer kiddos!

Extra videos:

Standing up to Bullies: 

For the Heros: A Pep Talk from Kid President 

The Integrity Song:

Integrity and Spreading Kindness: 

“I’m ready to go”


4/6/20: This Is Me:

Discussion: What was the singer in the song so afraid of?  Have you ever been afraid to share something that you’ve spent a lot of time working on?  Why were you afraid? What does it mean to you to feel “seen”?  

4/13/20: High Hopes:

Discussion: What do you think it means when he sings about having “high hopes”?  What is your “vision” for your future? What goals have you set for yourself that will take time to accomplish?

4/20/20: Be Yourself:

Bonus video: Someone who gets you: 

Discussion:  Who do you feel like you can be “yourself” with? What is something about you that makes you unique? Or something that you like that is different than what other people you know like?  

4/27/20: Happy: 

Bonus video: Believe in yourself:

Discussion: What makes you feel truly happy?  Where does your happiness come from? Can you be happy without material “things”?  What’s most important to you that brings you the most happiness?


March: Listening and Communication/ Growth Mindset

3/2/20: Growth Mindset Rap: 

What kind of mindset do you think you have?  Does your mindset change in different situations?  (at school vs. at home or with friends)?

3/9/20: Be the Change: 

In what way do you believe you can make a difference?  How will GRIT and a growth mindset help you in your future?

3/16/20:The story of 9 year old Ezra Frech

Why do you think Ezra was able to overcome so many setbacks?  How do you think he gained the mindset he has?

3/26/20: Growth Mindset Song:

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?

3/30/20: Neuroplasticity: 

When do you feel smart? When you’re doing something flawlessly or when you’re learning something new? How can you make striving, stretching, and struggling into something that makes you feel smart?


Elmo knows how to listen: 

Listening and Speaking: 


February: Flexibility and Friendship 

2/3/20 Flexibility explanation: 

**It might be a good idea for you to read this video out loud as the kids watch it so that nothing gets lost on some kids**

Talk with the students about the definition of flexibility.  Ask them to give an example of a time when they had to be flexible when they were playing with friends.

2/10/20: Please let your students know that Random Acts of Kindness Week is NEXT Week 2/17-2/21/20

Kindness Song: 

Ask them what they can do to spread kindness at school, at home, in their community? etc...

2/17/20: ”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?

2/24/20: “Try Everything” 

What are some reasons you might avoid trying something new? When was the last time you did something you were afraid of and it turned out to be a really good thing?

Extra videos: 

You Can Bend: 

School Flexibility Song: 

Thinking Flexibly: 

”Another Plan” song 

Color your world with Kindness: 

Be a good friend: 

“You Can’t Always Get What You Want” Song: 



1/6/20: 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?

1/13/20: Bob Marley, Three Little Birds:

Can you share with us what you do with the worries you have?  What do you do with the mad that you feel?  How do you choose to handle your strong feelings?  Share about a time when you felt really worried about something, but then everything seemed to turn out OK.

1/27/20:, What I am: 

Tell us about a way in which you can make a difference.  What is a problem that you have that you have the ability to do something about? (example: I don’t like arguing with my sibling.  I can stop bothering them.) What things have you learned to do to feel strong and happy? What do you do so you feel your best? How often do you do those things?



 12/2/19:  Self Control: Be Calm Again 

What different coping skills do you use to stay calm when you’re too excited versus calming down when you’re upset?  How do you practice self-control in different situations? 

12/9/19:  If You Want to Get the Teacher's Attention: 

In what kinds of situations do you struggle to use self-control? What could you do differently next time you’re in that situation?

12/16/19: Bus Safety Video

Besides “following the rules” on the bus, how else can you practice self-control on the bus or in the cafeteria? (Try to get kids to recognize that they have control over where they choose to sit and who they choose to sit next to.  They can make a choice before hand that they will keep their voice low or stay in their seat, even if the other kids aren’t making good choices.)



11/4/19: Hello, How Are You? 

Discussion prompt:  How often do you tell people how you are really doing when they ask?  Do you ever just say you’re fine when you’re not and you really need to talk?  Do you let it be OK for friends to tell you how they’re really doing?  

(It’s important for the kiddos to be able to identify and talk about their own feelings before they can show empathy and understanding for someone else’s feelings or situation)

11/11/19: Walk in their shoes: 

Discussion prompt:  What does it mean to you when we say, “Walk in someone’s shoes”?

11/18/19: Bounce Back Song: 

Discussion prompt:  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?

11/25/19:  Get Back Up Again (Trolls) 

Discussion prompt: Talk about trying something new, going somewhere new, or meeting new people.  What kinds of feelings come up and how do you overcome or manage them?

Extra Videos:

Keep on Keeping on: 

Empathy Song: 



9/30/19: GRIT: 

Discussion prompt: How would you describe GRIT to someone who has never heard of it before, in your own words? 

10/7/19: My Goose Is Giving UP

Discussion Prompt: Share about a time that you felt like giving up and how you reacted. How would you handle it differently if you could do it over again?

10/14/19: One Thousand Steps 

Discussion Prompt: Why do you think most stop trying when something gets difficult or they fail?

10/21/19:  Mr. Stanley, Perseverance  

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

10/28/19: Red Ribbon Week 

“Kindness Changes Everything” 

Discussion Prompt: Tell about a time you saw someone do something nice for someone else and how it made you feel to witness that act of kindness.  Or share about a time someone did something nice for you and how it made you feel to have them do that thing.


September: GRIT 

9/9/19: GRIT song: 

Discussion prompt: What is one thing that used to be difficult for you but isn’t any more?  How did your body and/or mind need to change or grow in order for you to get better at that thing?

9/16/19: Do My Best Song: 

Discussion prompt: What’s one thing you want to do better with this year that you struggled with last year in school?

9/23/19 Empathy:

Discussion prompt: Name one way you can show empathy toward your classmates this school year.