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What Lessons Can Teachers Learn From A Historic Swim?

At Rosemont American International School, we find ways to educate, excite, energize, empower and elevate our students to achieve their personal best.  At RAIS our mission is to encourage our students to reach personal goal as human being full of talent, creativity and imagination.

What Lessons Can Teachers Learn From A Historic Swim?

This news item is worthy of examination.  Diana Nyad, a 64 year-old swimmer, completed a112-mile swim from Cuba to Florida in 53 hours. This was her fifth attempt, successfully accomplishing her lifetime dream spanning 35 years.

In the news reports, common words used to describe the historic swim included completed, accomplished, and succeeded. These are also familiar descriptors teachers apply to students who are motivated, students who are able and skilled in the classroom.

Now, how did one describe Diana Nyad’s past four attempts to complete the swim? Did they use words like failure, poorly planned, unmotivated, impossible to achieve, too many obstacles to overcome?   Are these words and phrases teachers apply to describe underachieving students?

If you are a teacher…visualize yourself as Diana Nyad.  Got her in your head? Now verbalize her mantra…Find a way.

Find a way(s) to teach, to reach the underachiever, to motivate, to achieve.  Identify the obstacles and Find a way to overcome them.

Diana Nyad negated the idea that swimming is a solo sport…”it’s a team effort”.  Teaching is a team effort.  Find a way to use teamwork to help your students achieve.

Diana Nyad is an endurance swimmer.  Model for your students the value of endurance and perseverance in pursuit of a goal.  Find them a way!

Diana Nyad blended her mental outlook with her physical movements…”push back Cuba, push forward to Florida.”  Push your students lovingly and with encouragement. Help them to Find a way!

Diana Nyad is a great story.  You can write a great story about your students.

Find a way!

At Rosemont American International School, we find ways to educate, excite, energize, empower and elevate our students to achieve their personal best.  At RAIS our mission is to encourage our students to reach personal goal as human being full of talent, creativity and imagination.

 

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Curriculum and Staff Development
Curriculum and Staff Development
19/11/2018
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