DRIVING QUESTION: Are you equipped to fight life’s battles?
Students walk through each level of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs and learn how stress and failure create obstacles in their lives. Students will end the unit by confronting failure and stress, and explore ways to cope.
Ever feel like life is so overwhelming and out of control? No matter what you do, it never seems possible to get a handle on all that is going on. Imagine if we could help students feel more in control of their lives and the impact that would have on their outlook?
The first big step in gaining “control” of one’s life is incorporating the idea of balance. This lesson aims to guide students towards a path of balance in their current and future lives by thinking about their decision-making process and prioritization of those decisions.
Failure in life is inevitable. It can be rough and even life-changing. But the failure itself isn’t the issue. It is how we respond to failure that can make all the difference. Too many times failure is seen as this big and ugly experience that we all should avoid at any cost, even at the cost of growing as an individual. How we teach failure and how students perceive failure is 100% up to the adults in their lives. Failure is not flunking a test or a class. Failure is something that one can gain from, learn from, or provide guidance. Failure should be anticipated, not avoided. Imagine if we approached academics with this in mind…
In this lesson, we are setting students up to fail...intentionally. Students need to be aware of their natural responses to failure, whether it be in a competition, or “unfair” circumstances. Who will persevere? Who will quit? Who will become a different person and forget their values and priorities? Life is always throwing curveballs, knocking you to your knees, giving your neighbor more than it gives you, etc. Life is not easy and we must learn how to cope and rebound from the difficult and failing situations that we all will eventually experience.
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