4.10 Into Action: Group Activities

One-Minute Pitch

Teaching Note: Self-discipline, communication skills, empathy, collaboration and resilience are emotional intelligence-based competencies that distinguish star performers from average.

Core Competencies: 
Self-Awareness

Materials:
PaperPencil or pen

Time: 
5 minutes

SELF-MANAGEMENT

An activity that uses listening, writing, and speaking in order to help students reflect inwardly on who they are, where they come from and what they want to achieve.

SELF-MANAGEMENT

Learning to craft a good bio can help young people develop a professional mindset as they transition from high school into their adult lives. Whether they go straight into the workforce, or decide to go to college, being able to clearly articulate one’s strengths, goals and interests is essential.

SELF-MANAGEMENT

Ask the students to spend five minutes writing down personal strengths/skills, key accomplishments and a possible career focus. Make sure they use active verbs and vivid language. Each day of the week, five minutes before the class period ends, gather the students in a circle and ask three students to present a short one-minute bio to the rest of the class.

SAMPLE ONE-MINUTE PITCH

My name is Summer Jones. I am a senior at Woodacre High School where I am taking Computer courses to prepare me for Ryerson University, where I plan to study Digital Entrepreneurship. I have a 3.0 GPA, and I excel in math, science and technology. I also really enjoy community service. Over the past three years, I have volunteered with The Therapeutic Riding Center for the Disabled. I want to combine these two interests, and use my math and technology skills to help people. I hope that my future studies will enable me to develop design and technology for organizations working in under-developed countries.

DIVE DEEPER:

You can help your students develop more confidence and selfesteem by setting time aside for topic driven discussions. Choose a topic they feel strongly about – such as a social issue, current news event, favorite book or film, or the best time they had last summerand ask them to share. Once a week, gather the students in a circle and engage them in a dialogue about their insights.

More Activities From This Unit

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4.1 – COLOR YOUR BREATH

rethink: mind-body health

4.2 – THE TASTE OF OPEN MINDEDNESS

rethink: gratitude

4.3 – SOUND CHECK

rethink: listening

4.4 – HEROES IN OUR MIDST

rethink: admirable traits

4.5 – Trust Me

rethink: managing uncertainty

4.6 – TEN FINGERS OF GRATITUDE

rethink: happiness

4.7 – A COLLECTIVE STORY

rethink: collaboration

4.8 – THE REAL ME TREE

rethink: human potential

4.9 – Express Yourself

rethink: creativity

4.10 – One-Minute Pitch

rethink: personal branding

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