Grade Six Pull-Out EXCEL Program
Unit Overview


Read student testimonials to see what they have said about INVENTING SELFTM and guest speakers!

INVENTING SELFTM was created with the objective of helping students address perhaps the most important question life has to offer:

How do you create the person you wish to become?

In other words, how does one “invent” oneself?

This query goes beyond the topic of what career you wish to pursue, and delves into deeper questions of what life means to you, what morals, ethics and values guide your decisions and how you navigate life’s path.

INVENTING SELFTMguests come from an eclectic range of backgrounds yet they are all successful in that they are living a life that is true to themselves. 

Ralph Waldo Emerson said that “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”

Essential Questions:

How does one establish authentic ‘self’?
How does one discover their passions?
How does the human brain work to filter everything?

What does it mean to be gifted?
How does one define leadership?
What makes one a successful leader?
What are the social responsibilities of leadership?
What does it mean to ‘create’ oneself?
How does a leader create change?

The INVENTING SELFTMUnit addresses SEL (Social Emotional Learning) in the forum of character education specifically catered to the needs of gifted students. The INVENTING SELFTMUnit is student guided, in that as students develop ideas and interests to pursue and implement, that drives the instruction.  Thus, the goal of developing leadership skills is not rhetoric, but reality. 
The following lessons are designed to guide students toward developing a solid foundation for self-esteem, confidence, introspection, interpersonal connections, and creativity. 

A large component of INVENTING SELFTM includes having guest speakers address the topic of how they invented themselves with regard to their life journey and decisions which made them who they are present day. These brave guests do not solely share how they developed successful lives, but they reveal their authentic, unapologetic selves- including their weaknesses, their fears, anxieties, and failures. By sharing their vulnerabilities, guests inspire students to realize that there is no 'perfect'- there is only being true to yourself that leads to true happiness. The guests that we have been fortunate enough to host include authors, historians, scientists, engineers, politicians, artists, lawyers, doctors, entrepreneurs and more. The goal is to introduce students to people who are largely successful, in that their career resonates with every aspect of their character and they are happy being true to themselves. Having such altruistic people address students helps them to discover who they are and guides them to pursue a life path that will bring them happiness.


Specific curriculum may include (but is not limited to) the following lessons:

The power of perspective
Global citizenship
The power of a dollar
Perception and negativity bias
Design your own logo
Write your obituary
Neuroscience: Understand how your brain works
Brain breaks
Effective communication
Journal writing
Are you Passive, Aggressive or Assertive?
Recipe for leadership
Artistic representation of leadership
Lollipop leadership
Discovering identity
Checking in emotional baggage
Random act of kindness
Kindness rocks
The six questions every leader should answer and ask
Social responsibility for leadership
Eye witness testimony and the power of perception
Public speaking skills
Fishbowl debate
Understanding statistics
Role models of leadership
Teacher swap with your own lesson plan
Creating and implementing plans for change
If I ruled the world