Mindful Academic Relationships - Intermediate High

Lesson Information

Positive Psychology Learning Outcomes

Students will...

  1. identify benefits of group work
  2. practice communication skills
  3. develop genuine connections through sharing experiences

Language Learning Outcomes

Students will...

  1. listen for major details
  2. effectively deals with unanticipated complications in group work
  3. use statements as questions
  4. narrate/describe in past tense about a personal experience.

Materials Needed

Additional Listening Materials:


We spend a lot of time with others at school, so it is important to be mindful of our relationships. This includes the relationship with ourselves as well as others.

Activate Background Knowledge

Ask students these questions:

Activity 1: Listening

Collaboration & Cooperation:

Share these quotes with your students: 

Before watching the video, brainstorm with your partner, “Why do you think collaboration at school is important?”

Watch this video about the power of collaboration: The power of collaboration: Dr. Shelle VanEtten de Sánchez at TEDxABQWomen


After watching the video, ask students to compare their list of reasons to the reasons listed in the video.

In the video, Dr. VanEtten de Sanchez said: “Teamwork does not equal collaboration.”  How can you know that you are working together effectively? 

    -What positive experiences have you had with collaborative work in the past?  

    -What makes collaborative work difficult?

    -What can we do in our class to make collaborative work more enjoyable?

Activity 2: Speaking

Human Knot Game:

(note to teacher: you may need to walk them through the game or show them an example.  You may want to show this video: Human Knot)


Activity 3: Speaking

Use this worksheet for the following activity.  Students will use the statements to ask questions.

Distribute the bingo page to each student.  They will need to find another classmate that matches each bingo box.  They can write the students' names in the box.  Encourage students to get out of their seats and move around, talking to each student at least once.  

After the activity ask some of the following questions:

Activity 4: Listening

Ask students to think of friends that they have made at school (here or in the past).

Then play this video from the Disney movie Lemonade Mouth.  These students do not know each other and were assigned to clean up an empty classroom.  Notice how they work together to create a song.

Lemonade Mouth | 'Turn Up the Music' Music Video 🎶 | Disney Channel UK


Ask your students to discuss the following questions with a partner:

Activity 5: Speaking

*Recommended to share an experience yourself to encourage vulnerability

Introduce the idea that sharing personal experiences with others can create genuine, lasting relationships.  Ask the students to think about 2 or 3 experiences that have shaped their lives that they would be willing to share.  Give them a few minutes to sit and think about their ideas.  Possible questions to think about include:

After reflecting for a minute or two, ask the students to share 1-2 experiences with a partner.  You may ask the students to share another experience with a different partner. 


Distribute a simple evaluation form for the students to fill out.  Ask them to answer the following questions:



What is feedback? We often need to receive positive and constructive feedback in our lives. 

Have students commit to asking for feedback on personal/professional goals they are currently working on from someone they trust and love. 


After reviewing students' responses, set goals as a class for how we can improve our relationships with each other.  Make one goal based on each question (keep, stop, start).  


Review narrating in the past tense

In a job interview, you may be asked a question about your experience working with others.  For example, Describe a situation where you used teamwork to overcome a challenge.  Have students practice role-playing an interviewer and an interviewee when answering this question with a partner.  


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