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January 22, 2018

SkillsUSA Champions Magazine Highlights Student Motivation

Get plugged into the digitized SkillsUSA Champions magazine for an interactive classroom experience! Have students read the Winter 2018 issue’s “Her Motor Runs on Inspiration and Motivation” as homework or during class individually, in small groups or aloud as an entire class. Then quickly discuss the article. Finally, use the discussion questions to help students apply the article to their own SkillsUSA experience.

Activities are provided for practice and extended learning.


Enjoy the connectivity with the magazine, but most of all, enjoy the integral linkage that SkillsUSA creates to your classroom. Quick link: http://read.nxtbook.com/mercury/skillsusa/champions_winter_2018/index.html#her_motor_runs_on_inspiration


“Her Motor Runs on Inspiration and Motivation”

Content Discussion Questions

  1. What challenges has Alix Rivard faced?
  2. Why is she completing three programs of study?
  3. What motivates you to succeed at home? In school? In SkillsUSA? In the workplace?
  4. What goals and plan has Rivard established for herself?


In-Class Activity, 10 minutes

Personal Skills: Work Ethic, Be productive at all times of the day

Materials needed: None

Give these instructions:

  1. We will practice listening and test your focus.
  2. I will read a list of words.
  3. Clap your hands every time I say the word “dog,” and only clap when you hear the word “dog.”
  4. What questions are there? (Pause.)


Read this series of words: “dirt dress goat dust cat deer dog goat dirt dust deer dog dress dirty goat cat dirty deer cat deer dust dog dog cat goat dust.”

Ask these questions, allowing a few students to respond:

  1. What was challenging about this activity?
  2. What word was most confusing?
  3. What helped you to focus and listen so you only clapped on “dog?”


Then give these instructions:

  1. Now we will try again with a slight variation.
  2. I will read some words from the same list, but this time stand when I do not read the name of an animal.
  3. When I read the name of an animal, you should be sitting.
  4. What questions do you have? (Pause.)


Read this series of words: “dirt dress goat dust cat deer dog goat dirt dust deer dog dress dirty goat cat dirty deer cat deer dust dog dog cat goat dust.”

Facilitate a class discussion by asking questions including:

  • Which round was easier? Why?
  • What did you do in the second round to help you concentrate better?
  • How does your ability to focus affect your quality of work at home? In school? In SkillsUSA? In the workplace?
  • What can you do to be productive at all times of the day at home? In school? In SkillsUSA? In the workplace?


Extended Learning Activity

Workplace Skills: Multicultural Sensitivity and Awareness

Use “Commonalities” from SkillsUSA JumpStart! (Page 35).

Facilitate a discussion about stereotypes, diversity and how to embrace our differences.


2018 Brings Change to Advisors Reception at National Conference

Exceptional growth in SkillsUSA’s Chapters of Excellence Program (CEP) has resulted in a change at the National Leadership and Skills Conference. What was formerly 100-Percent Advisor and Chapter of Distinction Reception will now solely honor chapter advisors who have received a Chapter of Distinction status (bronze, silver or gold).

CEP is the single best way to build a successful SkillsUSA chapter. To learn more, visit at: https://www.skillsusa.org/programs/chapter-excellence-program/


SkillsUSA looks forward to celebrating all eligible advisors at this year’s Chapter of Distinction Reception in Louisville, Ky.


Celebrate SkillsUSA Week

Plan now to celebrate SkillsUSA Week Feb. 4-10. The digital toolkit offers all of the resources that your chapter will need to plan a great week.

Follow the calendar of events, use the resources and related activities at: www.skillsusa.org/events-training/skillsusa-week.