Setting Goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.
Today, I had thought that my blog would be all about how Peyton Manning had led the Denver Broncos to a stunning victory. However, that couldn’t be further from the truth! Unfortunately, his team did not pull through and struggled to keep up.
However, looking to athletes for motivation is a good way to get children to understand the concepts, skills and values needed to achieve great things. Our school is embarking on the 21st Century’s, ‘Be the Best You Can Be’ program. It launches with an Olympic athlete who comes in and tells the children how they succeeded. Motivation mixed with ‘truth’ helps to make children realise that they can achieve whatever they put their minds to.
During our collective worship sessions, I often use ESPN movie clips as the week’s starter – inspirational stories of athletes who have had to overcome many obstacles to become the stars they now are. Using ‘real’ people and their ‘real’ stories act as a catalyst for children to begin to see their potential – to realise that if they too, put in the long hours, dedication and perseverance, that they might become superstars themselves.
Obviously all our pupils won’t become ‘superstars,’ but it is about making them realise that success is measured in different ways. It is about making them embrace this fact and helping them to celebrate their success no matter how small it is.
Finally, it is about helping the children achieve their goals, ensuring they understand the steps needed to truly reach and attain their goals. As teachers, this is our one of our vital tasks; to provide children with their ‘steps to success,’ guaranteeing that success, no matter how big or small, will be achieved…..