“Tailwinds” are people, abilities, talents, situations, environments, attitudes, and behaviors in our lives which empower us to succeed.
Psychological research shows us that healthy, positive, happy individuals understand the momentum these people and environments—these tailwinds—bring into one’s life.
We’ve wrapped together several activities here—strong lessons, thoughtful messages, and meaningful context for our gifted girls.
NOTE: A less extensive and FREE version of this lesson called FLY was previously available in my store.
We start with an engaging video analysis and discussion about Maddie and Tae’s music video, Fly. All y’all don’t have to be country music fans to appreciate the elegance of this music video or the social-emotional message it delivers for--not just gifted and talented girls--but all girls.
Next, we ponder gratitudes in our own lives. What tailwinds empower us to move forward, to always learn and grow, to succeed, to fly . . .
We make connections through a physical metaphor—a cool origami butterfly as a take-away (literally) from the lesson.
If I had a classroom full of gifted girls, I would definitely show this video, ask these questions, and complete this wonderful design activity. Wait . . . I do!
Another hands-on, relevant social-emotional lesson for gifted learners . . . best practices in gifted education.
Level: GATE grade 3 – Adult
Materials: Common Classroom
Time: About 90 minutes