This exercise helps your students discover tools for dealing with stress, difficult situations or changes in their circumstances.
Ask the students to form groups of 3-6 persons. Each group gets half a Pocket Set.
Distribute the cards among the group members.
Ask each student to choose two cards. One card should illustrate a negative situation or obstacle in everyday life. This could be: “We get too much homework”, “The academic level is too high”, “Changes keep happening and it is hard to keep up”, “The workload is too big”, etc. The other card should represent something positive or productive you can do to feel better about negative or stressful situations. Ask the students to present their choices. Give the groups plenty of time to discuss and find common denominators. Discuss the issues that come to light.
Ask the groups to present the “positive” picture cards that they have chosen and the situations associated with them. Ask the participants to discuss them and what kind of positive effect these solutions could have on a day-to-day basis.
Each group should choose their three favourite cards and write three positive sentences on separate pieces of paper. Decide whether to give the students one or two ideas home with them to work on.
Once the groups have made their choices, they will present the “positive” picture cards in plenum and explain why they have chosen these particular cards.
Every student should choose which picture card and story they like the best and would like to work with on a day-to-day basis. They will bring these cards every week at meetings and gatherings as a part of an ongoing process.
Take a picture to document the worksheets and the picture cards that the students take with them.
In small groups of 2-3 students, you can ask the participants to begin by doing step 1-3 by themselves.