Social Skills Lesson:
When students get frustrated and want to quit, they often forget all the before steps it took for them to get where they are.
For instance, Serena Williams did not just become a tennis player. She took tennis lessons and went to practice. She had to learn how to serve a ball and how to hit a ball across a net. She had to learn the rules of tennis and what to do to qualify for tennis tournaments.
For some people, it does seem like they just get “it” but for most people it requires practice and grit.
Have your student take a paper and divide it in half. On one half, have them draw something that they are good at. On the other, have them draw all the steps it took them to get there.
Now flip the paper over. On one half of this side, have your students draw a goal they have for themselves, on the other have them write or draw all the steps they will need to take to get there.
We did this in class today. It was really neat hearing the students (and watching their faces) when they talked about what they were proud of.
Adapted from The Growth Mindset Coach: A Teacher’s Month to Month Handbook for Empowering Students to Achieve by Annie Brock and Heather Hundley