"What you do or cause to happen."
Actions are the physical or mental activities performed by an individual in response to internal or external stimuli. They are the visible or observable ways in which people express their intentions, thoughts, and feelings. Actions can initiate change and leave a lasting impact on oneself and others.
The word "action" (plural form, “actions”) comes from the Latin word actionem (nominative actio), meaning "a doing, a making, or a performing." This word is derived from the Latin verb agere, which means "to do, perform, or set in motion." The term "action" was adopted into English around the 14th century, and it has gained various meanings including “active exertion,” “a deed,” and “a noteworthy activity.” Since then, its meaning has developed to denote any physical or mental activity that is performed or initiated by an individual.
Help your students understand the role of actions in their thought processes and emotional experiences, so they can intentionally act in a way that positively shape their lives. Teach them Positive Action's "Thoughts-Actions-Feelings" educational philosophy, and encourage them to recognize that their choices can impact their overall well-being. Follow these strategies to help students understand the role of actions:
Illustrate the connection: Explain the interconnectedness of thoughts, actions, and feelings. Emphasize that thoughts can influence actions, and actions can subsequently affect emotions for both the individual and others around them.
Highlight personal responsibility: Teach students that they have control over their actions, and by making conscious choices, they can impact their emotions and experiences positively.
Encourage self-assessment:: Encourage students to reflect on their actions and the motivations behind them. This can be done through journaling, class discussions, or role-playing exercises. By encouraging students to evaluate themselves, you help them develop awareness of the motives and goals behind their choices.
Engage in role-playing: Use role-playing activities to help students explore various scenarios and practice making positive actions in response to different situations.
Discuss consequences: Teach students about the consequences of their actions, both positive and negative. Help them understand that their actions can have a lasting impact on themselves and others.
Encourage problem-solving: Provide opportunities for students to engage in problem-solving activities, allowing them to practice making decisions and taking actions that lead to positive outcomes.
Model positive actions: Demonstrate the power of positive actions through your own behavior and interactions with students, setting an example for them to follow.
Create opportunities for positive action: Incorporate activities and projects that encourage students to engage in positive actions, such as community service, collaboration, or acts of kindness.
Reinforce the connection: Regularly reinforce the connection between thoughts, actions, and feelings throughout your teaching. By consistently revisiting this relationship, you can enhance students' understanding and application of these concepts. Illuminate their learning by utilizing relevant real-life examples from the classroom and their daily experiences.
By incorporating these strategies into your teaching, you can help students understand the vital role of actions within the “Thoughts-Actions-Feelings” educational philosophy, empowering them to make conscious choices that positively influence their emotions and experiences.