Activities to Teach Change Management

Instructor: Grace Pisano

Grace has a bachelor's degree in history and a master's degree in teaching. She previously taught high school in several states around the country.

The activities in this resource will help your students work on strategies that will help them stay comfortable amidst change. There are individual and group activities in this resource.

Change Management

The best skills we can give our students are those that will help them form responsible and healthy habits for their entire life. As students approach the later years in elementary school, years in middle school, and years in high school, their lives will involve more change (both internally and externally) than ever before. The activities in this resource are meant to help students adapt to the changing circumstances life brings them. There are options for both group and individual activities in this resource.

Journaling or ''Talk it Out''

In this activity, students will focus on either verbal or non-verbal ways of communicating information about stress and change. Begin, by asking students a few questions to help them determine if they are more introverted or extroverted. This could include the following:

  • After hanging out with a large group of people, do you feel recharged or in need of a break?
  • Are you quick to share what is on your mind or would you rather think about exactly what to say first?
  • Do you have a hard time disagreeing with someone in public?

Based on the answers to the questions, move students into two groups in your class: introverts and extroverts. Explain to students that the introverts will be doing an activity based on journaling and the extroverts will be doing an activity based on talking. As personality traits are not flawless, give students the opportunity to move if they think the other group is a better fit.

Both groups will be thinking about the following prompt: ''Remember a time that you were stressed out because of a change. What did you feel like? What was giving you stress? What ended up happening?''

The introverts will be journaling about the stress they felt, and the extroverts will discuss this in a small group of about three students. After students have finished, talk to them about how both of these activities are a great way to handle stress and change. Encourage them to use either activity the next time they are going through difficult circumstances.

Materials Needed: Notebooks or paper

Meditation and Movement

One of the best ways to handle anxiety related to change is by moving around. For this activity, students will have the opportunity to practice movement and meditation through yoga. Prior to the day of the activity, you will want to encourage students to wear comfortable clothes and reserve a large space at the school to do the practice.

You will be able to find a collection of yoga classes geared towards children online. There are even options that include characters from popular movies and television shows! Select the one that is best for your students and watch the entire thing through beforehand to make sure it is something your students will be able to do.

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