1. Helpful vs. Hurtful - Have students look at magazines or at social media posts and talk about which words can inspire and which words can be hurtful. 2. Strength Finders - Help students identify their strengths and identify how those qualities can help them become a "mentor"' in the classroom who can help others. 3. TED Talks – Either pull up some favorite inspirational speeches that emphasize good character traits or have students plan their own TED Talks to share their stories about perseverance and hard work. 4. Make It Mine - Let kids define character traits in their own words and share an example of someone they know who displays that positive characteristic. 5. Puppet Role Play - Use puppets to have students act out a conflict and resolution. This can also give insight into the interpersonal issues your students are facing. 6. 1. Write about the kinds of pressures you feel: a) as a student b) as a friend c) as a son or daughter or family member. How do you deal with those pressures? Are you satisfied with the way you deal with them, or are there any ways to handle those pressures better? 7. Write about the kinds of pressures you feel about your future. 8. Write about a time when you were under a lot of pressure and somebody helped you through it. 9. For one week keep a “Pressure Journal.” Before you go to bed each night, write a description of the biggest pressures you felt that day. What caused them? How did they make you feel? How did you handle them? How will you handle them next time? 10. When you’re with a group of kids, what things might other people do or say that make you feel good? What things make you feel bad? 11.