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Overview

Age From: 

9

Age To: 

12

Delivered To: 

  • Children/Students

Components: 

  • Component 2 : Social and emotional learning for students

Issues: 

  • Social and emotional skills

Overview: 

Greatfulness is a 6 week program that focuses on self-leadership and developing mental 'fitness'. The program is linked to the current PDHPE syllabus and aims to develop children’s social and emotional learning, resilience, wellbeing and leadership through topics such as: developing a growth mindset; identifying values and understanding behaviours that help/hinder progress; recognising thoughts and emotions and developing emotional regulation; training our minds through mindfulness meditation; using imaginations and exploring creativity; having an 'Attitude of Gratitude'; enhancing communication skills and the power of body language; having the courage to fail; building resilience by knowing and understanding your 'internal' world'; and planning for the future.

Delivery By: 

  • Primary teachers and staff
  • Other

Aims: 

Greatfulness aims to develop children’s social and emotional learning, resilience, wellbeing and leadership skills. Throughout the six sessions, the Greatfulness program aims to enhance children’s confidence, build respect and kindness towards others, self-care, creativity, emotional control, goal-setting building resilience, understanding cultural diversity and understanding and improving communication and body language. The Greatfulness program aims to achieve this by teaching children to understand how their thinking affects their mood and gain a better understanding of their emotions and increase their emotional control. Students are taught various mindfulness mediation practices, and also how to identify behaviours that either help or hinder their progress. 

Date Published: 

Tuesday, July 4, 2017
Implementation/Delivery

State/s Available: 

  • Australian Capital Territory
  • New South Wales
  • Queensland
  • Victoria

Details: 

The Greatfulness program is linked to the current NSW PDHPE syllabus and is delivered over six weekly one hour sessions by classroom teachers or Greatfulness staff. Topics include:

·      developing a growth mindset;

·      identifying values and understanding behaviours that help/hinder progress;

·      recognising thoughts and emotions and developing emotional regulation;

·      training our minds through mindfulness meditation;

·      using imaginations and exploring creativity;

·      having an 'Attitude of Gratitude';

·      developing communication and the power of body language;

·      having the courage to fail;

·      building resilience by knowing and understanding your 'internal' world';

·      planning for the future.

Program Structure / Methods of Delivery: 

The Greatfulness program is designed to be implemented in each classroom, for teachers to deliver it to a whole year group. It is recommended that the lessons be delivered at the same time each week. The pilot program has involved the delivery of the program to a group of approximately 50 students, but the program has also been delivered on a one to one basis in a ‘coaching’ type setting so it can be tailored to meet school’s individual needs. The details of each lesson are described below:

 

Lesson 1-  Greatful. Students are asked to identify their values to help them understand themselves. Students are introduced to ‘Greatfuel’, which are behaviours/actions that help you grow and ‘Ungreatfuel’, behaviours/actions that hinder your progress. Behaviours such as too much screen time, or not getting adequate sleep are discussed here. The importance of good self-care is highlighted and the tools of meditation (or mind training) are introduced to the students.

 

Lesson 2 - Greatlessness. This lesson asks students to recognise when they don’t feel so great. Worry, stress, overthinking and the power of our thoughts are discussed.  Students are introduced to the concept of our ‘Inner critic’ as well as our ‘inner coach’. At the end of this lesson, the students hear some inspiring stories about people who have overcome adversity and challenges in their own lives. The concept of building resilience and better emotional regulation are also discussed.

 

Lesson 3 - Greatitude. In this lesson students take part in a practical exercise to help them identify what they love to do. The concept of ‘being in flow’ or ‘in the zone’ and Growth versus Fixed mindsets are discussed. Students discuss self-confidence and are introduced to the ‘Power Pose’ as a tool to increase self- confidence. Finally, having an ‘attitude of gratitude’ is raised and the students take part in a group activity whereby they carry out a ‘Random Act of Greatfulness’ for each other.

 

Lesson 4 - Creatitude. Students are introduced to another mind tool - the use of our imaginations and exploring creativity. There is focus on how the world is constantly changing due to new inventions and the fact that these inventions all start with an idea; or the use of someone’s imagination. The tool of creative visualisation is introduced; and students get to take part in a creative visualisation exercise. Having the Courage to fail is at the core of this lesson.

 

Lesson 5 - Communigreat. Students discuss and practise the use and power of body language. The concept of being an ‘Introvert, Extrovert or Ambivert’ and how this can impact on our communication styles are introduced. The stereotypes and judgments that we make about each other are also discussed. Then the skill of ‘Mindful Communication’ is introduced and the students are given practical ways of improving their communication skills. A student’s footprint on social media/ email is also discussed and the importance of knowing your own ‘personal brand’

 

Lesson 6 - Realflection. This lesson pulls together the main concepts from all the lessons. Students discuss the importance of stillness in a busy world and the importance of giving ourselves ‘time in’ so that we can really connect with who we are and help ourselves to become our best. Then students focus on their future/ dreams and aspirations and finish the lesson by writing a letter to their future selves. 

Cost: 

Teacher training is $1,200 per licence. If schools have more than 3 teachers training, they will be given a 10% discount on that fee. The licence includes access to all resources (facilitator’s guides, presentations, certificates of participation for children, etc.), website and also a community of trained teachers (or a community of practice). If the course is delivered by Greatfulness as an external contractor, the fee is $70 per student. This fee includes a Greatfulness journal; a ‘Greatitude jar’ and a ‘Time capsule’ for each student to take home with them once the course has been completed.

Greatfulness offer a free introductory one hour session to schools, teachers, parents and children to hear about the Greatfulness program in more detail. 

Greatfulness are also currently working with NESA to get the Greatfulness Program Training linked with NESA standards so that teachers will receive CPD points for doing the training. 

Program Specific Audience: 

KMP

No. of Sessions: 

6

Structured Sessions: 

4

Student Assessment Measures: 

0

Professional Learning: 

  • Professional Learning Available

Professional Learning Compulsory: 

Yes

Formal Parent/Carer Component Provided: 

No

Other Elements: 

School teachers receive training and a licence to deliver the program to classrooms. The Greatfulness program is in the stages of being considered by NESA as a professional development program for teachers; and will be updated once it has been approved. 

Evidence of Effectiveness

Evidence of Effectiveness Rating: 

0

Evidence of Effectiveness Description: 

Program effectiveness not supported. There were no evaluations submitted that met the inclusion criteria.

Competency 1 : Self Awareness: 

4

Competency 3 : Self-management: 

4

Competency 4 : Responsible decision-making: 

1

Competency 5 : Relationship skills: 

1

Identified Theoretical Framework: 

Yes

Identified Theoretical Framework Description: 

The Greatfulness Program aligns with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, the program assists students to understand that their thinking affects their mood and teaches them to think in a less negative way about life and themselves. It also uses the basis of mindfulness meditation to encourage children to fully observe what is happening at any given moment in regards to their thoughts, feelings and behaviours. Furthermore, Social Learning Theory also underpins the Greatfulness program, where students learn new tools and techniques for social and emotional learning through observing other students and the teacher. 

Survey/Audit Tools Available: 

Yes
Author(s)/Contacts

Author(s): 

Jacqueline Jones

About the Author(s): 

Jacqueline Jones has a degree in Social Welfare (Child & Adolescent Welfare) and over 15 years’ experience of working directly with young people and their families. Jacqui has previously worked with children that display emotional and behavioural challenges in a leading children’s charity in the United Kingdom. She has also worked for Barnardos Australia in out of home care.

In more recent years, Jacqui has been working in the education sector. She has delivered numerous mindfulness sessions in both the private and public sectors. She has worked in many primary schools in and around Sydney delivering the Mindfulness in Schools programs that she is trained to teach.  Jacqui is trained to teach the .b Mindfulness Program for children aged 11-18 years and the PAWS .b program for children aged 7-10 years. She is also accredited by the International Meditation Teachers Association to teach adults.

Contact Information: 

Program materials and training and professional development

Name:  Jacqueline Jones

Phone: 0400 456 531

Email: jacqui@greatfulness.com.au

Website:  www.greatfulness.com.au (In development)

www.blissfulness.com.au (Jacqui’s personal website)

Website: 

www.greatfulness.com.au (In development)