11-12: Describe how changing their interpretation of an event can change the way they feel about it. Use self-reflection to make sure the intensity of their emotions is in line with the situation.
Often times, a simple adjustment of perception can change the entire direction of your day. We are emotional beings, we are born to connect with others in meaningful ways and with that comes conflict. This conflict could be internal, or external, depending on the practice in which you approach the world. Assuming the best of people is a practice that takes time, but with each recognition of the humanity of others, it gets easier and easier. Toughest part? You also need to recognize your own humanity...that that takes self-awareness.
(K-2) Recognize and label emotions/feelings and situations that cause them
(3-5) Recognize the intensity of emotions, how emotions change, and the linkages between emotions and behaviors
Recall a time when you misinterpreted a situation and think about the sequence of events that led to the conflict, the actual conflict, and the outcome. Where could your perception have been wrong? Who was involved? What feelings led to the conflict (be specific)?
Finally, what could be changed if the interpretation had been different? What feelings were involved in the outcome? Were your feelings in line with the actual event? Was there something happening in your life that led to your reaction?
Your elementary students will do this on a smaller level; sometimes the simple identification of a feeling can help them identify a behavior that would fit to express how they are feeling.
Work with them on NAMING (see guidebook) the feeling, and help them realize that feelings come and go and do not need to control every response they have!