Emotional Toughness

Students need opportunities to build their emotional toughness in our fast-paced and ever-changing world. 

Emotional Toughness
Grade Level: 6-12


Character Skills
  • Responsibility
SEL Skills
  • Self-Awareness
  • Relationship Skills
Academic Skills
  • Effective Problem-Solving
  • Curiosity and Passion


  • Do what you are supposed to do. Try your best.
  • Persevere. Keep on trying.
  • Be self-disciplined.
  • Think before you act. Consider the consequences.
  • Be accountable for your words, actions, and attitudes.

Identify and understand emotions, values, attitudes, motivations, mindsets, and personal attributes.

Relationship Skills

Interpersonal and social skills to guide appropriate behavior and create positive relationships and meaningful connections . 

Effective Problem-Solving

Employ critical and creative thinking skills to solve problems and make rational, ethical, and effective decisions that produce the best possible result.   

Curiosity and Passion

Enthusiastic to understand more about themselves, others, and the world around them.

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In this activity, students will focus on their emotional toughness and how to be responsible for their responses in emotional situations. 


Using the Scale of Emotion, explain where you feel you are today and why. 

Small Group or Whole Group Discussion
Read through the Emotional Toughness Indicators. As a group discuss/respond to the following:

  • Emotional Flexibility
    • Define productive and unproductive states of emotion.
    • What emotions make you unproductive?
    • Why are emotions so important?
    • Who is responsible for your emotions?
  • Emotional Responsiveness
    • What positive responses can you use when you face unpleasant or unproductive emotions?
    • Give an example of a time you took responsibility for creating a positive emotional response.
      • How did this impact you and those around you?
      • How has this situation made you more responsible and resilient?
  • Emotional Resiliency
    • Look up the definition of resilience and come up with a working definition with your group. 
  • Emotional Strength
    • How do people develop a never-quit attit


Hurst, K., 2020. Learn How To Move UP The (Vibrational) Emotional Scale. [online] The Law Of Attraction. Available at: <https://www.thelawofattraction.com/law-attraction-learning-move-emotional-scale/> [Accessed 24 March 2020].

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