Class Meetings: 5/6/19 - 5/10/19
Growth Mindset-Finishing Strong
Watch/Read the following clip with/to your students. Talk to them about ways that you yourself are tempted to lose sight of the "finish line" here at the end of the year.
How might you be losing sight of the "finish line" here in May?
What commitment can you make to finishing strong despite that temptation?
DISCLAIMER: Safeshare wouldn't let me add this video due to the music being innappropriate. It has to be viewed through youtube AND THE MUSIC HAS TO BE TURNED DOWN!!! I listened to it and it is inappropriate. Also: K-2, please stop PRIOR to 3:13 to prevent your students from seeing the boxing. We don't want any playground reenactments. :)
Show students the video clip below that Carrie showed with us.
What consequences did celebrating too soon, and not finishing strong, have on these competitors?
How could this relate to the month of May for us?
Take some time to team build with your class. Here are some examples to choose from.
Starting in a circle, students connect hands with two others people in the group to form the human knot – right hand to right hand; left hand to left hand; connecting with two different people. As a team they must then try to unravel the “human knot” forming into a untangled circle by untangling themselves without breaking the chain of hands.
This fun game is a lot like the game show Password. Split your class into two teams and have them sit together in teams facing the white board or chalk board. Then take an empty chair—one for each team—and put it at the front of the class, facing the team members. These chairs are the “hot seats.” Choose one volunteer from each team to come up and sit in the “hot seat,” facing their teammates with their back to the board.
Prepare a list of vocabulary words to use for the game. Choose one and write it clearly on the board. Each team will take turns trying to get their teammate in the hot seat to guess the word, using synonyms, antonyms, definitions, etc. Make sure team members work together so that each member has a chance to provide clues.
The student in the hot seat listens to their teammates and tries to guess the word. The first hot seat student to say the word wins a point for their team. Once the word is successfully guessed, a new student from each team sits in the hot seat, and a new round begins with a different word.