Lesson 1: Personal Awareness

In this lesson, we are learning to:

  • Understand what personal strengths are.
  • Identify strengths in others.
  • Identify and communicate our personal strengths.


Episode: ‘Rock, Paper, Eddie’ – Tal learns that he can achieve anything if he puts his mind to it.

Find 'Rock, Paper, Eddie' on NITV, Netflix or SBS On Demand

'Challenge yourself, give it a go! And if you lose, get up and go for one more.'
- Eddie



Begin this lesson by engaging the class in a short game of ‘Who am I?’ Focussing on a particular student in the class (without naming them), read aloud a series of strengths that will slowly reveal the student’s identity. For example: ‘I am a kind big brother. I care about the environment. I am funny and I enjoy making people laugh. I am great at soccer.’ Ask students to draw on their prior knowledge about classmates to help identify the mystery person.


In a class discussion, have students reflect on the guessing game.

  • How did they know which student was being described?
  • Could it have been another student? Why or why not?

Now try playing ‘Who am I?’ in reverse. Nominate a different student by name and ask the class to share clues about this person, always remaining respectful and kind.


Explain to students that this game involved identifying and naming someone’s personal strengths. We all have personal strengths that are unique to us, and these contribute to our identities. A person’s strengths can include their positive personality traits, knowledge and abilities.

Identifying and communicating our strengths helps us to understand ourselves better: it builds ‘personal awareness’. This knowledge helps us see the skills we already have and those we may need to develop further. Learning to identify our personal strengths also helps us recognise and appreciate the strengths of other people.

In the Eddies Lil’ Homies episode titled ‘Rock, Paper, Eddie’, Tal learns that he can achieve anything if he puts his mind to it. While viewing, ask students to focus on the characters’ different strengths.

Are these strengths fixed, or can they change over time?

Tal’s storyline provides an opportunity to discuss growth mindsets; our abilities, skills and strengths can improve over time. 


Assign students to small groups to discuss the characters’ strengths.

  • Who was helpful? Who was persistent?
  • Which positive adjectives would describe Lottie or Junior?
  • Did everyone share the same strengths or were some qualities unique to certain characters?

Following this discussion, invite student groups to share their thinking with the wider class. Record strengths vocabulary on the whiteboard or an anchor chart to support writing in the next activity.

Next, allow students to apply these understandings and skills by collaboratively creating ‘strengths chains’ for each other. Place a pile of pre-cut strips of coloured paper at each student’s desk or sitting spot, or have students write their names on a sticky note to identify their place. Then have students circulate the room, writing a personal strength for each of their peers (or a pre-determined number of peers if time is limited). These could include character strengths, social strengths, academic strengths and more.

At the end of this exercise, each student will have a series of paper strips listing strengths their classmates have identified in them. They can then use sticky tape to create paper chains with the strips. Chains can be displayed around the classroom and added to as new strengths develop, or you might choose to join the chains to illustrate that we are stronger when we work together.


To encourage reflection on personal strengths and enable students to demonstrate their understanding, ask each student to reflect on their traits, abilities, knowledge and dispositions. Then have students complete a page for the ‘Classroom Expert’ book. For example, students may share that they are good at spelling, know how to tie shoelaces, or are fun to play with. Someone may even be an ‘RPS’ champion! Pages can be stapled or bound together, creating a helpful and affirming book for the class library.



Australian Curriculum Links

Year 1
Year 2
Critical and Creative Thinking
Identify, process and evaluate information
Identify and explore relevant points in information provided on a topic.
Identify and explore relevant information from a range of sources, including visual information and digital sources.
Recognise and develop awareness of vocabulary used in familiar contexts related to everyday experiences, personal interests and topics taught at school
Recognise the vocabulary of learning area topics
Experiment with and begin to make conscious choices of vocabulary to suit the topic
Respond to stories and share feelings and thoughts about their events and characters.
Explore and replicate the rhythms and sound patterns of literary texts such as poems, rhymes and songs
Discuss literary texts and share responses by making connections with students’ own experiences.
Listen to and discuss poems, chants, rhymes and songs, and imitate and invent sound patterns including alliteration and rhyme
Identify features of literary texts, such as characters and settings, and give reasons for personal preferences.
identify, reproduce and experiment with rhythmic sound and word patterns in poems, chants, rhymes or songs
Interact in informal and structured situations by listening while others speak and using features of voice including volume levels. 
Use interaction skills including turn-taking, speaking clearly, using active listening behaviours and responding to the contributions of others, and contributing ideas and questions.
use interaction skills when engaging with topics, actively listening to others, receiving instructions and extending own ideas, speaking appropriately, expressing and responding to opinions, making statements, and giving instructions.
Health and Physical Education
Personal, social and community health
Investigate who they are and the people in their world.
Describe their personal qualities and those of others, and explain how they contribute to developing identities.
Personal and Social Capability
Personal awareness
Identify their likes, dislikes, strengths, abilities and interests, and describe how these influence choices.
Describe personal qualities and how these contribute to growth.
Reflective practice
Identify how their choices affect the development of personal abilities and achievements.
Describe what they have discovered about themselves by engaging with feedback.

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