SEL/7 Mindsets for Learning Coaches

February 2022 ~ Passion First

Wonderful Learning Coaches...

The SEL team wants to thank you for visiting our Resource Kit for the Mindset: Passion First. We know how passionate you are about your student' and this school because it shows. Thank you for choosing OVCA and continuing to make it the BEST Online School!!

7 Mindsets Introduction

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February: Passion First

We are launching the sixth part of our 7 Mindsets curriculum on Monday, January 31st.. Below, you will find an overview of this month's mindset, suggested ideas for implementation at home, and a list of resources to download and use with your students. Our goal is that students would see and hear about the Mindsets repeatedly and consistently - we are creating a common language for our school culture! School Counselor led SEL lessons are happening in the Elementary, Middle, and High Schools. They are called 'Bison Mindset Minutes' and students are loving it! Be sure your student is checking their CC schedule for specific days and times at their school. We hope you will continue the SEL and 7 Mindset Language within your home!
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Passion First - Expanding Student Expectations

The Passion First Mindset teaches us that we are all unique expressions of human existence. It’s vital to find out what our individual strengths and talents are so that we might connect them with our goals and visions for the future.


In this mindset, we work with students to understand their unique gifts, their skills and strengths, and how to share them with the world to the maximum extent possible. Not only will they explore their interests, they will begin to identify their core values and what they stand for. The next step is helping them learn how to make their dreams into reality, tapping into both the courage and perseverance needed to overcome any challenges they encounter in pursuit of the lives they desire.


The 4 critical components of Passion First:


1) Focus on Strengths – We all have things that we do well. When we do what we’re good at, we perform better and get better results, which benefits both us and those around us. It is critical to play to our strengths and spend our time doing what we’re best at in order to create the most value. It is also important to know that our strengths are much more than what we do well, as they also include the situations in which we thrive and the people with whom we’re at our best. Understanding all of these strengths will multiply our successes.


2) Explore Your Interests – We all have things we enjoy doing. When we like doing something, we do more of it, even in our free time. When we do things that energize and engage us, our focus is greater, we perform better and improve faster. Doing these things more often, with a greater degree of focus, allows us to become great at them. And when we’re great at anything, the world notices, and value to others increases, and more wonderful things flow naturally into our lives.


3) Take a Stand – It is very important to play to our strengths and interests whenever possible. It is equally important that what we choose to do is important to us. It must matter deeply, because there will inevitably be challenges, and this will allow us to persevere. We all have to do things we aren’t necessarily good at or enjoy, which is why we must understand our core values. We will always be strongest when we act from our values; this is when we wield our greatest power to overcome obstacles and challenges.


4) Be Authentic – Great dreams must start within. To do something extraordinary, a dream must leverage our strengths and interests, it must align with who we are (our core values), and it must matter greatly to us. When all this is in place, we perform at our best and are our most determined selves. The fulfillment of all great dreams involves a combination of performance and persistence.

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Top 5 Dos and Don'ts at Home:

1) Do recognize your child’s strengths and passions. Children (of course) like to be complimented on what they do well. Often, they concentrate on their weaknesses and miss opportunities to feel proud of their accomplishments. It is best to focus on the things they can do well. Some children are more athletically-inclined, some are detailoriented, some are great communicators, some are highly artistic. Recognizing these strengths in your child and praising them helps encourage them to continue.


2) Do spend time with your child discussing core values. Children need to know what they stand for and what’s important to them. Some families establish family mottos dealing with respect for others and giving back to the community. For example, “Whatever you can conceive and believe, you can achieve” or “Be a victor, not a victim.” Having conversations about what is important helps your child discover who they are.


3) Don’t berate a child for dreams or passions that you do not agree with or find interesting. Each person has his or her own set of unique characteristics and skills. It’s important to recognize that there are no better or worse passions. The interests of others should not be categorized into “good” and “bad” dreams and desires. Being respectful of whatever dreams a child has is important for them to be happy and enjoy their unique gifts and talents.


4) Don’t discourage them with talk about how their passions won’t result in any kind of financial gain. The job market shifts and changes. In fact, it has been suggested that 65% of today’s students will be employed in jobs that don’t even exist yet. Children should not be discouraged when it comes to their talents and interests based on current trends in the job market. Actors and actresses are often discouraged from the field, but there are endless success stories of those who were determined to follow their hearts and pursue their dreams.


5) Do fun things and understand that every moment is a teaching moment. Take your children on a hike, and you may learn how much they enjoy being outside. Take them to a museum, and see if they are interested in art. These are opportunities to talk about pursuing their passions and talents in various areas.

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Dinner Table Discussions

  • Discuss the importance of granting yourself the gift of a little personal time just for you. Everybody is busy, but rushing through this process can defeat the purpose. After all, it’s that crazy busy rush through life that keeps us from getting in touch with who we really are and what we really want. Just this once, set aside a little time to forget about your to-do list and allow yourself to be mindful and in the moment. You could even put on some music that you find pleasant and soothing, something that filters out distractions, quiets your mind, and makes you feel peaceful.

  • Even though you may already know, ask your child "What are your hobbies and interests"? Having them take some time to evaluate their extracurricular activities and understand what potential value their personal hobbies and interests might have is time well spent. As they begin to think about career paths they may be interested in, this exercise can have a significant impact on shaping these next few years and allowing them to focus on those things they are passionate about.


  • Ask your child what challenges they face at school or with their friends. Talk about how to overcome obstacles. What strategies do they have in their toolbox to resolve or overcome these challenges.
Passion First Mindset

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Additional Resources for Social Emotional Learning at home!

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How to Help Kids Find Their Passion

How to Help Kids Find Their Passion Without Imposing Your Own Expectations

❤Positive Affirmation Resources❤

33 POSITIVE AFFIRMATIONS FOR KIDS SELF ESTEEM - (WATCH AT LEAST ONCE A DAY!) | SandZ Affirmations
POWERFUL 7 Minute Affirmations - Self Confidence for Teens

Calling all 3rd-8th Grade Students!!!

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Join us for the Upcoming LC Workshop!!

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Other Great Mental Health Resources for your Family!


This semester, Stride is partnering with the Cook Center For Human Connection and ParentGuidance.org to provide an online community for enrolled families who have mental health questions and/or concerns. Families can join monthly sessions throughout the year with leading experts, therapists, and counselors that focus on strengthening human connections, identity formation, substance abuse challenges, and suicidal ideation, among other topics. In addition, Stride is devoting more training resources, professional support, and development opportunities for its network of more than 300 counselors.

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Learning Coaches! Make sure to remind students that the Bison Mindset Minute happens once a month for all grade levels! Check out the specific day and times below.

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Mindfulness Groups will begin at the end of the month. Tell your student's to be on the look out for these group invites on their CC Schedules.

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February is Random Acts of Kindness Month!!


Random Acts of Kindness Day® is Thursday February 17, 2022


Random Acts of Kindness Week is February 13-19, 2022

Kindness CAN be the norm.

Kindness can be the norm.

The work to create a kinder world never ends. There is no limit on the amount of goodness we can put into the world, but we need your help! We invite you to join the annual Random Acts of Kindness Day (RAK DAY) celebration on Thursday, February 17, 2022 and help #MakeKindnesstheNorm


#MakeKindnessTheNorm #RandomActsofKindnessDay #RAKDay

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Media Balance and Well-Being


While there are many free quality digital citizenship curriculums available online, one of the most reputable sources of digital citizenship curriculum is Common Sense Media. In addition to quality lessons vetted by teachers and other educational experts, Common Sense Media also provides take-home resources for families to extend the lessons beyond the classroom.


To access age-appropriate lessons related to media balance and well-being, click on the links below.


Grades K-2: Pause for People, How Technology Makes You Feel, Device-Free Moments

Grades 3-5: My Media Choices, Finding my Media Balance

Grades 6-8: Finding Balance in a Digital World, My Media Use: A Personal Challenge, Digital Media and your Brain

Grades 9-12: My Digital Life is Like, The Health Effects of Screen Time

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Parental Self-Care

New Year’s resolutions usually start with good intentions and fizzle with bad follow-through. According to US News & World Report, 80 percent of New Year’s resolutions fail by February. And maybe that’s because these are driven by guilt from the holidays. However, if you start out with mindful practices, you can set up your new year for success. Self-care is a necessity in the midst of busyness. You need time to slow down and tend to your own emotional, mental and physical health. Protect yourself from burnout this season by ringing in another year with self-care.

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Join us on Facebook

We invite you to join the new 7 Mindsets Parents’ Corner on Facebook!


This private community is a place for parents to connect, share ideas, learn, and grow together. You will find resources and activities to engage your child, foster conversation and connection, and help your child grow towards an authentic and happy life.

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Positive Behavior Intervention & Supports (PBIS)

You can use the Positive Behavior Intervention & Supports (PBIS) Matrix below to help with setting expectations for student success. Print and post on the refrigerator, in the office, or wherever your child will be schooling for a visual reference. Below you will find a pdf and pic version of the matrix. Also, scroll down to the PBIS button to learn more about the program if interested. Good Luck & hope this resource helps! Click here for more information on PBIS.

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If you have a middle school or high school student who could benefit from LLIT group, please contact Raeshelle Sharpnack.


Raeshelle Sharpnack,MA

Student Family Resource Coordinator
c: 405-259-7770 text or voice

rsharpnack@okvirtual.org
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If you have any further questions, please contact one of the SEL Specialists below.

Leah Allen, M. Ed.

Middle School Counselor &

Social Emotional Learning Student Support Specialist

p: 405.259.9478 ext. 3196

t: 405.696.0910

leallen@okvirtual.org


Amanda Coyle, M. Ed.

Elementary School Counselor &

Social Emotional Learning Student Support Specialist

p: 405.259.9478 ext. 3077

acoyle@okvirtual.org

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