It's not just lectures and academics that can come up with the best quotes - Superhero movies like Batman can be inspirational too.
So after my latest observations of the learners not liking challenge or change and wanting to stay in their comfort zone. I decided to go further with the Superslides and create visuals for the learners and they created their own Superhero Avatar where they wrote down what they were good at and things they needed to work on. They still struggled with the concept of things they were 'bad' at so I gave a few visual resources to support.
So to encourage the children to challenge themselves I have set up a 'Challenge Charge Up' plan in their Literacy. I realised I can use the fact that the children love to play games and instead of them loosing their lives like in regular video games they have to build up their Superhero's life by challenging themselves. They don't get any jewels for just getting it right, they have to prove that they are putting themselves out of their comfort zone and realising that challenging themselves can be just as, if not more, important than getting it correct. I have let them know they have to self assess themselves as I know small challenges to certain children may be big challenges for others. All the while coming back to the language of learning we are building and getting the children to reflect on themselves as learners.
Although we do not know what the future holds I feel we have to attempt to understand what qualities and skills will be needed/desired to be successful adults: creative, risk takers who can self regulate and adapt to a changing environment (with confidence or resilience?). - That's my thoughts anyways. Helping children to accept and understand what ‘comfortable with being uncomfortable so you are prepared for anything’ means.
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