I like to begin class with a Q/A. Q/A is a question, or an idea to be explored. Here is an example: (This would be excellent lead in for a Goal Unit, Decision making unit. )
1st Q/A: What is more empowering, personal goals or habits? Explain your reasoning.
The Principal of the Path. Your path always leads to your destination. Personal goals are a desired destination. Habits (daily routine) are a path to or a detour away from that desired destination.
A great video – 5 Steps to Develop Resilience —which is how to get from where you are now to where you want to be. It’s about making a few changes; developing new habits.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ahdbmWNXAhY—-6 minutes 24.
If you don’t think you have that kind of time, here is the video in print http://www.workingparent.info/learning-resources/how-to-develop-resilience/
(I show the video – project the print on the board and give the kids the url. If they want a copy, they can print it at home. The pictures stay in your head.
#1 Truth in Life. If you want your kids to learn/know/believe something, hire a complete stranger. This guy is not only a stranger, he is on the Youtube channel and he has an English accent. Kids listen to strangers, will go home and tell their parents what this guy on the youtube channel said (which you/parents/former teachers probably said many times before but this time the kids heard it and absorbed it).
The step that spoke to me the most was Step 4 I could be what I want to be, I just need to be willing to change ……….
“This is who I am
This is who I want to be
These at the things I need to change
That is ssooo powerful because I can/you can/we can change things one at a time. So it’s possible. After the video, follow up with this:
Q/A: Are there any habits you’d like to begin or to change to become the person you want to be.
Story: Good Habit was a choice, a changed desire.
“We all talk to ourselves. I started when I was 10. One day, as I walked down a hill on my way home from school. I told myself I had to stop biting my nails (bad habit). Earlier, I had seen a woman with beautiful hands and wanted mine to look like hers. Even then, I was quite vain.
On that hill on Morningside Road, it was clear that if I wanted to stop that habit, only I could do it. Those kinds of moments can be prophetic. It was a command to myself. From then on, I never had the urge to put my teeth on my nails. I had set my mind to do something and told myself that nothing was going to stop me. It was very empowering and a discipline that remains with me to this day.” Tippi Hedren—movie star 1950’s, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s.
Bad Habit was a choice, a changed desire.
The headline on the front page of a local paper, “Former North Cobb standout fails second drug test this year.” Then the article begins, “Baltimore Ravens tight end Darren Waller was suspended without pay for at least one year for violating the NFL substance abuse policy. It is the second time the former North Cobb High School standout has been suspended by the NFL for substance abuse. He missed Baltimore’s first four games last season.” Darren’s position was tight-end and he was expected to get a lot of playing time this season.
Q/A: What convinced Darren that using drugs was more important than what he had been working toward since childhood? (he was about to make big money)
The secret to anyone’s success or mediocrity is found in their daily routine/habits.
I like to begin each class with what I call Q/A. I use it for: