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.