My students are from a low-income neighborhood nestled in the heart of the northwest side of Chicago where access to school supplies and resources are limited. As a middle school, we have been working on social emotional health and mindfulness. One way we are doing this is in our bullet journal enrichment class is encouraging students to set challenging, yet realistic goals. Students are beginning to spread their wings and engage in this process of goal setting and reflection independently.
My students are brilliant, creative minds that yearn to express themselves.
They crave independence yet worry immensely about their families and future. My students navigate a complex world in 7th and 8th grade and wonder how to convey their feelings appropriately. They are courageous, thoughtful young people who care about their peers, school, community, city, and world.
My middle school students participate in a daily advisory and enrichment program called Passion Projects. They select a project that they are passionate about from our course catalog and engage in the project on a daily basis. We currently have students expressing themselves through various creative outlets such as producing their own weekly news program, a young filmmakers course, photography, and yearbook. My students are artists, makers, and creatives so this year I added Bullet Journaling to our offerings. We are now moving into our second session of journaling for the year and many more students want to participate.
Bullet journaling has enhanced organization and motivated my students to set and accomplish goals.
I've seen a tremendous boost in creativity and peace of mind. Development of these mindfulness techniques now as pre-teens sets the foundation for a lifetime of self care.
Bullet Grid Journal - Index & Numbered Pages Dotted Grid Hard Cover Notebook, Thick Paper with Inner Pocket & 2 Bookmarks, Smooth Faux Leather with Label, 5.25" x 8.25" - Teal by Artfan
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