Self Awareness

Grade Level: 
K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
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Under construction: Definitions and Activities to develop the core competency of self-awareness

Self-Awareness - Content Under Construction


  • Definition from The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL): The ability to accurately recognize one’s emotions and thoughts and their influence on behavior. This includes accurately assessing one’s strengths and limitations and possessing a well-grounded sense of confidence and optimism (CASEL, 2020).
  • Learning to Give’s (LTG) Definition in Terms of Teaching Generosity: Learning to Give views Self-Awareness as the ability to know how you fit into the community.  It is also the ability to figure out what the community means to you and what you can do to impact the community.


  • video: Blue Sky Activity Get to know your students and what they care about with this group envisioning activity. The students understand themselves and their community and imagine a better world. Then discuss first steps they can take.
  • video: Conversations with Grandparents A Simple Safe Service project students can do from home: Interview a grandparent or elderly friend to find out what they did for fun when they were young, and how it is the same and different than you. Follow your phone or video interview with a card in the mail.
  • Consider a service-learning project that connects generations to tap into students' understanding of self-awareness. A group of 15 students from Fennville Elementary focused their efforts on gardening and letter writing. The lesson and conversations about kindness and community sparked some ideas on ways the students could contribute acts of kindness in their community. "It was a team effort on coming up with the plan to make our school look brighter outside and a bonus that my students came up with the idea of giving flowers to the residents at Golden Orchards to brighten up their rooms and to cheer them up since they haven't seen family members and visitors for several months due to COVID-19," said Ms. Schneider. Read their story Flower Garden for Life for inspiration.