Healthy Goodbyes

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Learning Goal

Students will understand what makes for a healthy goodbye.

Learning Objectives

By the end of the lessons, students will be able to:

  • Understand why goodbyes are important and can be difficult
  • Say goodbye in a satisfying manner
Learning Summary

While it may not be everyone’s favorite topic, goodbyes are a part of every relationship we have. This topic can often cross into talking about the death of loved ones. If this happens, teachers can acknowledge that when someone dies we have to say goodbye and that it can be particularly difficult and also very important to do.

Start with a moment of mindfulness in which a student picks a breath they have learned and leads the class.Then as a class, discuss what goodbyes feel like and why they are important. The Munchy and Jumpy story is about the bunnies preparing to move and they choose not to say goodbye to their friends because it’s too sad. On the double-day, they go around and visit and say goodbye to all their friends. Students then participate in a community circle in which they share a memory from the year and say goodbye to a friend. The class discusses how it feels to say goodbye. Students end by reflecting on goodbyes in their journals.

computer icon Online Teaching Tips for Healthy Goodbyes

We all know goodbyes are important. If possible, try to make this lesson a live session so students can have time and space to say goodbye to their classmates and you. Use the Munchy and Jumpy story as the anchor of the lesson to teach students the importance and value of healthy goodbyes.

Start with a student led mindful moment. At this point in the year, students have learned quite a few different techniques. Have a student or two turn on their cameras and microphones and lead a mindfulness practice for the rest of the class. After the story is read, use the rest of the class time for students to participate in a virtual community circle sharing their favorite memories from the year. 

Lead a mindful moment of your chosen from a previous lesson or one you made up. After the story is read, have students draw a picture of their school or class favorite memory from the year. If possible, students can take a picture of their drawing and send them to the teacher to make a book of class memories. 

CASEL Competencies

Self-awareness: The ability to accurately recognize one’s own emotions, thoughts, and values and how they influence behavior. The ability to accurately assess one’s strengths and limitations, with a well-grounded sense of confidence, optimism, and a "growth mindset."

Self-management: The ability to successfully regulate one’s emotions, thoughts, and behaviors in different situations — effectively managing stress, controlling impulses, and motivating oneself. The ability to set and work toward personal and academic goals.

Decision-making: The ability to make constructive choices about personal behavior and social interactions based on ethical standards, safety concerns, and social norms. The realistic evaluation of consequences of various actions, and a consideration of the well-being of oneself and others.

Relationship skills: The ability to establish and maintain healthy and rewarding relationships with diverse individuals and groups. The ability to communicate clearly, listen well, cooperate with others, resist inappropriate social pressure, negotiate conflict constructively, and seek and offer help when needed.

Social awareness: The ability to take the perspective of and empathize with others, including those from diverse backgrounds and cultures. The ability to understand social and ethical norms for behavior and to recognize family, school, and community resources and supports.