Self-Care + Digital Media Practice
The Utah Core Standard that this lesson incorporates is the College and Career Awareness Core (Strand 4, Standard 2). The goal of this lesson is to teach various self-care skills, have students demonstrate their practice of self-care through taking pictures and creating an Adobe Express poster of at least two images (two activites). This lesson takes approximately 45 minutes and is best taught face-to-face. Students will submit their digital posters via Canvas. Teachers will assess student knowledge through a visual representation of the self-care activities used and creative display of those images by using Adobe Express. Resources for learning, teaching, and practicing this content are included in this lesson plan.
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- The Utah Core Standard that this lesson incorporates is the College and Career Awareness Core (Strand 4, Standard 2). The goal of this lesson is to teach various self-care skills, have students demonstrate their practice of self-care through taking pictures and creating an Adobe Express poster of at least two images (two activites). This lesson takes approximately 45 minutes and is best taught face-to-face. Students will submit their digital posters via Canvas. Teachers will assess student knowledge through a visual representation of the self-care activities used and creative display of those images by using Adobe Express. Resources for learning, teaching, and practicing this content are included in this lesson plan.
Background for Teachers
To properly facilitate this lesson, one must understand the purpose and importance of practicing self-care and digital creativity. This practice can produce creativity and empowerment with accomplishment of taking pictures of their self-care surrounding and presenting them through a digital image. Self-care is taking care of yourself in a holistic way (e.g., mental, physical, emotional, spiritual well-being) and can include many different aspects as long as it improves the well-being of the individual. For example, mindfulness can be used as a self-care improvement as mindfulness can create a sense of peace despite a circumstance and can be practiced through deep breathing, yoga, or mindful awareness of one's surroundings.
Step 1 - Goals and Outcomes
- Students will understand that self-care is practicing anything that improves their well-being and ability to function in daily life.
- Students will learn and become more familiar with Adobe Express.
- Students will practice at least 2 self-care strategies and take a picture of themselves or their surroundings when practicing self-care.
- Students will create a poster with at least two images (from criteria abobe) using Adobe Express, properly identifying self-care strategies used.
Step 2 - Planning Instruction
Student Background Knowledge
Prior to this lesson, students will need to have an understanding of how to use a camera. Students will need to have created Adobe Express accounts. Students may have greater success with prior knowledge on how to use Adobe Express. Students need background knowledge on appropriate digital media practices.
Strategies for Diverse Learners
For students who are struggling to choose a self-care strategy to practice and take a picture of, the teacher may present a list of options or ideas to choose from (e.g., exercise, drinking water, yoga, hobby).
An alternate for Adobe Express is any other app they can find to share two images and add text to indicate which self-care strategy the image is demonstrating.
For advanced students, they may share mulitple images, such as creating a collage.
Step 3 - Instruction
Bell-work journal prompt: “What activities do you do to help yourself relax and connect with yourself?”
- Allow students the opportunity to share answers.
Present "Self-Care Strategies" Keynote and allow students to practice various self-care strategies throughout the presentation. (FitOnApp.com is a free website where you can access yoga, meditation, and multiple types of workouts by making an account.)
Introduce the assignment by demonstrating an example.
Students will be reminded of how to post and comment responsibly on the discussion board by discussing the THINK acronym for being a responsible digital citizen.
T - Is it TRUE?
H - Is it HELPFUL?
I - Is it INSPIRING?
N - Is it NECESSARY?
K - Is it KIND?
- Decide on at least two self-care strategies you would like to practice and take pictures of. You can be in the picture, take a picture of your surroundings, or use props to demonstrate your understanding of the self-care strategy.
- Find a template, or create your own poster to share at least two pictures using Adobe Express (or another app that is suitable to meet the requirements in these instructions).
- Upload two pictures to Adobe Express, add text to indicate which self-care strategy is being displayed.
- Copy the link and submit your image via Canvas discussion board (or whatever program your school uses).
- Comment on two classmate's posts appropriately, using the T.H.I.N.K. acronym (see video for reminder).
If time permits, allow students to share their experiences with this activity in class after the assignment has been submitted.
Step 4 - Assessments
Rubric: (10 points possible)
|Full Points||Partial or no points|
|2 points||Two self-care strategies are correctly identified.||One or less strategies are properly identified. Text incorrectly labels an image or absense of text.|
|2 points||Two pictures are uploaded in the digital poster / image properly demonstrating a self-care strategy. Images used are original images the student took.||One or less strategies are properly pictured. Pictures are unrelated to the topic. Images are not original.|
|2 points||Student utilized Adobe Express tools to creatively make a digital poster / image.|
Image was plain and lacked originality.
|2 points||Share image on classroom discussion board.||Post was not shared or did not include image.|
|2 points||Student commented on two classmate's posts using responsible posting demonstrating the T.H.I.N.K. guidelines for being a good digital citizen.||Commented on one or no other posts. Posts did not demonstrate responsible media user rules (lacked T.H.I.N.K. guidelines).|