This lesson is a mix of a lesson I found on our state's education department website and one from the School Counselor Blog.
I started by explaining the basics :
I held on to one end of a yarn ball and threw it to a student. I looked that student in the eyes and have him or her a quality compliment. That student would then hold on to the yarn, throw the ball, and compliment the next person.
I also told the students what a quality compliment is (not based on what someone looks like or what they own, etc).
We kept that going until everyone had received a compliment.
Next, I asked the students to notice how we were all connected. If one person pulls on the yarn, we all felt it. If one person lets go, all of us feel the web begin to fall apart.
I asked them how this is like our lives.
I loved to hear their answers and hear how they felt getting compliments from each other.
Last, we reversed the order and threw the ball back to the person who had complimented us, so that everyone got a compliment from the person they gave one to.
This entire lesson only took about 10 minutes but felt like a powerful message. I'm going to ask the students what they remember about it this week so see if it stayed with them. I think it did because one of them mentioned it to me today, days later.