Students will explore self-esteem through the book *I Like Myself* by Karen Beaumont. They will write secret kindness notes to others and to themselves, and reflect on how self-esteem can support connection with oneself and the community.
Students will be able to define the word "self-esteem" and discuss why self-esteem is important in school, friendships, and in community.
Join students together in a circle, either seated or standing.
Explain that the class will participate in an activity called "Talking Behind Your Back."
Explain that this activity is not about saying negative things about others. Instead, this activity is about noticing what it feels like to say and receive kind words.
Break the class into groups of 3–4 students.
Explain that one person will turn their back to the rest of the group and the other students will say kind things about the person who has their back to the group.
Model how this may be done for the class.
Tell students that they have one minute to talk about each person and that you will ring a chime at the end of each minute, until everyone has had a turn with others talking behind their back with positivity.
Ask them to begin.
Ring the chime after one minute and repeat until everyone has had a turn.
Periodically throughout this exercise, ask students to pause and notice how it feels to say and receive kind words.
Ask, "What did you notice? How did it feel to receive kind words? How did it feel to say positive words towards others?"