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Self-Awareness Group Activities

Instructor: Clio Stearns

Clio has taught education courses at the college level and has a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction.

Learning more about yourself is a big part of becoming a mature person. You can use the activities in this lesson to help your students develop self awareness while working alongside one another.

Why Self Awareness Activities?

What does it mean for a person to truly know him or herself? How can life be enriched by a little more self awareness? In general, when people know themselves well, they understand their own motivations and can make better informed choices in interactions with others and the world. Self awareness can also help when it comes to coping with stressful situations or managing complicated feelings. One way to help your students develop self awareness is by working on particular activities in a group context. When students get to know themselves and reflect on their own strengths and struggles in the context of a group, they are able to appreciate the beauty of diversity as well as the attributes that make them unique. The activities in this lesson are designed to foster self awareness in your students. They can be modified to meet the age, needs and capacities of your particular group.

Self Awareness Activities

Sentence Starters

A great way to introduce students to the concept of self awareness is to give them a series of sentence starters and ask them to complete the sentences in ways that make sense. Students should work on these independently and can then share their answers with the group. Here are some possible sentence starters:

  • I am really good at...
  • I have trouble with...
  • My favorite thing to do in my free time is...
  • When I am bored, I...
  • One thing that makes me feel sad is...
  • One thing that helps me when I feel sad is...

You can also make up different sentence starters that focus on specific areas you want your students to consider.

Letter of Introduction

This activity will also help your students access what they know and understand about themselves. Ask your students to imagine that they are about to start a pen pal relationship with a child in another state or country. Tell them to write letters introducing themselves in as much detail as possible to the other child. If students struggle to make their letters detailed, ask them to think about what they really want others to know about them.

Self Discovery Walk

Some people really get to know themselves best when they are outdoors in nature. Take your students to a local trail, field, pond or park. Set boundaries of where they are allowed to go physically. Then, explain that for one hour, they are not allowed to talk to anyone else. They are allowed to walk around, use any of their senses (except for taste, depending on safety issues) and think about whatever they want, but they are not allowed to talk. When you get back to the classroom, have your students write or draw their reflections on the experience. What did being alone in nature teach them about themselves? How did they think or feel? Do not force students to share their reflections, but give them the opportunity if they want to.

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