There’s no doubt, success motivates. And yet, a NEAR WIN can move us far beyond ourselves. This is the idea I am trying to capture with this 2-day lesson. It is all about motivation, growth mindset, and a whole lot of courage and GRIT, as we all wrestle with our near-wins.
Day 1: EPIC NEAR WINS—Chasing Gold
This lesson has the potential to completely disrupt your students’ thinking regarding second-place winners. (It did mine!) The lesson focuses on Psych research concerning a contradiction between silver and bronze medalists. Internet links, an interactive PowerPoint presentation, critical thinking, and a dramatization activity are included with Lesson 1.
Day 2: OUR NEAR-WINS—Finding Treasures in Losing
More and more, our students are being told to embrace failure since it is a part of the process. Another way of looking at this is through the idea of a “NEAR WIN,”
as we move closer to our goals.
To begin, the iceberg metaphor is used to help students realize that “all the good stuff", like grit, growth mindset, perseverance, determination, courage, hard work, etc. lies “under our surface.” These qualities are not visible yet they form the foundation of who we are. Helpful and unhelpful self-talk patterns are practiced. An internet link is provided, an interactive PowerPoint presentation, along with critical thinking galore are packed into Day 2. Your students should be inspired and energized when the lesson is over...but their brains might be tired.
So, what’s included for you and your students?
** PPT on high-profile medal winners- 19 slides
** PPT on Wins vs. Near Wins- 21 slides
** Hot Links provided for three ‘knock your socks off” snippets
** Detailed teacher notes to ensure your lessons’ success.
** Templates for FIVE FUN activities
** Name tags for “cast” members for the dramatic processing activity
Best of all, this is not a one and done set of lessons. They are meant to be transformative—to inspire both you and your students.
Enjoy the preview!