Based on an activity from Sean Covey – The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens
During Reframing class, students from CIP Amherst engaged in an activity that kicked off the theme for the week- balancing priorities and demands. The task – pack the suitcase with all the items on the table before them.
With thoughtfulness and diligence to the task, the students gave it the “old college try” and made efforts to fit everything in. The problem – there simply was just not enough room no matter how creative they could be (including efforts to close the suitcase by sitting on it).
In working through the problem the students realized on their own that everything was not going to fit and they would need to prioritize what should be included. From here we had a thoughtful conversation on the importance of striving for balance in our lives and the importance of making decisions about what was important, urgent or just time fillers.
What is Reframing?
Reframing is a term used to describe the process in which a person converts the thoughts and feelings about a negative situation into a positive pathway for change. The reframing class identifies the strengths of a behavior and readjusts the thinking process so the individual is able to recognize the positive outcomes. Reframing also includes an emotional regulation process to help students identify their thoughts and feelings. Weekly and daily themes help students with self-understanding and an important structure to start one’s day.