Using Daily Intentions in School Counseling

Setting daily intentions is a powerful mindful practice. In The Mindful Brain, Daniel Siegel says, “Intentions create an integrated state of priming, a gearing up of our neural system to be in the mode of that specific intention: we can be readying to receive, to sense, to focus, to behave in a certain manner.” Intentions prime our brains to look for opportunities and behaviors that support our intentions, creating focus, drive, and mindful actions! Intentions can help kids set the tone of their day and envision how they will maintain a mindful, present focus in order to see their intentions to fruition.  Keep reading to find 5 ways to use daily intentions for kids in your school counseling activities!

Want to incorporate daily intentions for kids into your school counseling activities? Read to find 5 ways to incorporate intentions into your activities.

Daily Intentions for Kids: 5 Ways to Use Intentions in School Counseling

1. Morning Assemblies

Do you gather together for a whole school assembly in the morning? Maybe just on Monday to set the tone for the week? This is the perfect time to set daily intentions! Early on, it can be helpful to set whole-school intentions that align with your school motto or beliefs to encourage community. As students become more comfortable with setting intentions, spend 1-2 minutes of the morning assembly giving students space to set their own intentions for the day.

Find a mindful moment! Want to incorporate daily intentions for kids into your school counseling activities? Read to find 5 ways to incorporate intentions into your activities. Set daily intentions with kids for school counseling mindfulness activities in elementary school and middle school. These work well in morning meetings, morning assemblies, small group counseling, and individual counseling. -Counselor Keri

2. Morning Meeting

Setting daily intentions during classroom morning meeting is a great way to start the day! Invite students to set and share their intentions for the day to build community and help students support one another toward their intentions.

3. Check-in

With students who check in with you or teachers in your building in the morning, set a daily intention to start the day! Help them set intentions by asking questions like:

  • What do you want to accomplish today?
  • How do you want to engage with others today?
  • How do you want to treat yourself and others today?
  • What would you like to build or nurture in your life today?
  • Is there something you’d like to let go of today?
  • What would make you proud today?
  • What will this look like in action?
  • How will you feel when you work toward your intention?
  • How will this intention help you be your best, truest self?
Want to incorporate daily intentions for kids into your school counseling activities? Read to find 5 ways to incorporate intentions into your activities.

4. Small Group Counseling

As an opening activity, set intentions for group. Students may set intentions around what they hope to accomplish during group, how they’d like to treat others during group, or how they would like to engage as a group member.

5. Individual Counseling

When working with individuals, students can use this deck to find an intention for their day as an opening activity or for their time in counseling as a closing activity.

Find a mindful moment! Want to incorporate daily intentions for kids into your school counseling activities? Read to find 5 ways to incorporate intentions into your activities. Set daily intentions with kids for school counseling mindfulness activities in elementary school and middle school. These work well in morning meetings, morning assemblies, small group counseling, and individual counseling. -Counselor Keri

How do you use daily intentions for kids?

Read more on the blog about using daily intentions for your school counseling mindfulness activities. Want to get started? Get the daily intentions decks to use with your students!

 Find a mindful moment! Want to incorporate daily intentions for kids into your school counseling activities? Read to find 5 ways to incorporate intentions into your activities. Set daily intentions with kids for school counseling mindfulness activities in elementary school and middle school. These work well in morning meetings, morning assemblies, small group counseling, and individual counseling. -Counselor Keri
Find a mindful moment! Want to incorporate daily intentions for kids into your school counseling activities? Read to find 5 ways to incorporate intentions into your activities. Set daily intentions with kids for school counseling mindfulness activities in elementary school and middle school. These work well in morning meetings, morning assemblies, small group counseling, and individual counseling. -Counselor Keri
Find a mindful moment! Want to incorporate daily intentions for kids into your school counseling activities? Read to find 5 ways to incorporate intentions into your activities. Set daily intentions with kids for school counseling mindfulness activities in elementary school and middle school. These work well in morning meetings, morning assemblies, small group counseling, and individual counseling. -Counselor Keri

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