We defined the habits of mind as a class, each person coming up with a meaning for each term given and how we can develop these strengths in learning. For example, metacognition - reflecting on thoughts and thinking before speaking. As a class, we also discussed what we thought about most - our future decisions, such as IGCSE choices - and what had originally influenced these thoughts.
In addition to that, we also held a class discussion in order to unravel what stressed us most - from school to family or friendship problems. We collectively made mind maps on the whiteboard in order to find solutions to each stressor.
Thinking too much was the stressor that most people had - overthinking everything ended up increasing stress more than it needed to be. Some of us found solace in food, others needing to physically exert their anger through sport.
We also brainstormed the reasons behind why school stressed us all out so much and how to relax a little more while retaining the same amount of work at the same time. Some solutions included were listening to music, having a bath or distracting ourselves - each of our own ways to destress.
From our perspective, it was a brilliant experience (though challenging at times) and enjoyed trying new strategies to cover the PSHE lesson.
Thank you to Mr. Burgmann and Madame Zhao for the chance to take over the lesson and our classmates for being cooperative! We couldn’t have done it without any of you.
Agnes Shu & Audrey Corno