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Coping - Disasters - Overcoming Obstacles


Coping After a Disaster — Supplemental Daily Broadcast - No Lesson Plan
When a disaster strikes, it can be difficult for children and adults to know how to move forward. This message encourages students to recognize that even in this difficult time, there are coping skills they can use to help them deal with their feelings. In addition to guidelines for dealing with a disaster, students are reminded that talking about their loss, anger, or anxiety with a trusted adult can help them get through this challenging event.
Key Ideas: Coping with a disaster - Asking for help
Character Trait: Perseverance

Coming Together — Supplemental Daily Broadcast - No Lesson Plan
A disaster brings unexpected damage and loss. In this message, students learn how we can all come together to help those affected by a tragedy. If each of us makes even a small contribution such as donating, volunteering, or offering other support, it adds up to making a big difference.
Key Ideas: Helping after a disaster - Making a difference
Character Traits:
Compassion - Generosity

Welcoming Others — Supplemental Daily Broadcast - No Lesson Plan
Families are often uprooted after a disaster and children may have to leave their homes and schools. This message is helpful for students at schools that will be taking in new students after a tragedy. By welcoming the new children and offering kindness, they will be helping those who are facing a loss. 
Key Ideas: Welcoming new students after a disaster - Helping others   
Character Traits: Kindness - Compassion 

When Disaster Strikes — Supplemental Daily Broadcast - No Lesson Plan
Disasters can turn our lives upside down. When there's a fire, a storm, or an earthquake, we often can't control what happens to us. This message suggests to students that in the aftermath of a disaster, they can try to control what happens within themselves. Learning to manage their feelings can help them begin to heal and create a new beginning.
Key Ideas: Overcoming challenges - Asking for help
Character Traits: Gratitude - Service to others

Bouncing Back from Adversity — Students examine the reasons for burn out and/or depression, and explore coping skills.
Key Ideas: Managing change - Stress - Depression - Asking for help
Character Traits: Perseverance - Positive Attitude - Resiliency

Coronavirus - A Time to Heal — Supplemental Daily Broadcast - No Lesson Plan

Coronavirus - Challenges — Supplemental Daily Broadcast - No Lesson Plan

Just Ask * — Asking for help can be intimidating. This message and lesson plan remind students that school counselors are an important resource when they are facing a challenge, whether it is a scheduling issue, a problem at home, or a career choice. This content emphasizes the importance of talking to trusted adults, like school counselors, as a way of solving problems more effectively.
Key Ideas: Asking school counselors for help - Asking for help can be difficult
Character Traits: Responsibility - Respect - Confidence
Note: This message and lesson plan also work well for National School Counseling Week.

Overcoming Obstacles * — No Olympic athlete has worked harder to get to the Olympics than those who compete in the Paralympics for disabled athletes. One such athlete is Ralph Green. Ralph has a story that will inspire both you and your students.
Key Ideas: Olympics - Turning obstacles into opportunities - Focusing on goals
Character Traits:
: Respect - Responsibility - Perseverance - Dedication - Strong work ethic
Note: This message and lesson plan also work well for the Olympics.

Rivers Run Through It — Like many things in nature, a river can teach us a great lesson. It triumphs every time. It just keeps going despite the challenges, obstacles, and barriers. There will always be barriers in life, stumbling blocks along the way. How we deal with those challenges can greatly determine our success or failure in life.
Key Ideas: Overcoming obstacles - Encouragement
Character Traits: Perseverance - Commitment - Determination

Super Bowl Superstar * — Supplemental Daily Broadcast - No Lesson Plan
Students hear the message of perseverance from a Super Bowl champion quarterback. He overcame many failures in his career and suggests that when we struggle in life, we can use it as an opportunity to grow and build our character.

Underneath the Anger * — Sometimes, getting angry is the right thing to do, like when we get angry at some terrible wrong that has been committed. But most of the time when we get angry, it's because we are hurt or afraid. Students examine some of the underlying emotions that can create anger, their responsibility for addressing those root causes, and ways to deal appropriately with those feelings.
Key Ideas: Dealing with anger - Underlying causes of anger
Character Traits: Respect - Responsibility

* Materials with an asterisk (*) relate to Coping and Overcoming Obstacles and are also related to a calendar event. These same materials can also be found under Calendar Events.

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