Learning disorders, medical conditions and issues at home are accompanied by stereotypes and assumptions that may adversely impact a young person throughout his or her formative years. This lesson attempts to engender respect for the unique obstacles and various solutions that can help or hinder students from reaching their full potential.
In baseball, teammates must be aware of each other’s strengths and weaknesses. More importantly, they must support each other on the field of play. Using baseball as a metaphor and citing actual stories from its history, the hope is students will gain a greater awareness of differing abilities and support each other in the game of life.
The assignment is to identify the disability or condition each ballplayer had to overcome to achieve greatness. Then select one ballplayer for a presentation on the challenge he had to overcome, explaining how he did not allow his life to be defined by the disability or condition.
Presentations can be individual, group, written, power point, acted out...
Discussions can include:
1) People might feel uncomfortable around other people who dress, talk, or act very differently from themselves
2) There are various factors (ex. interests, capabilities, values) that contribute to the shaping of a person's identity
3) The way a person views an incident reflects personal beliefs, experiences, and attitudes
4) Other factors (ex. wants and needs, talents, interests, influence of family, peers and media) affect decisions that individuals make
5) There are people that like or dislike other people because of membership in or exclusion from a particular social group.
Students should be encouraged to use use additional resources (websites) and examples to enhance their presentations.