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Our students are in need of life lessons. They need to learn content, but they also need help learning how to think, how to believe, and how to succeed. While many teachers agree with this, finding a way to work these sort of lessons into a classroom can be difficult. I have found that the Do Now/Bell Ringer/Anticipatory Set time is an excellent time in class to do something different. It's a great opportunity to provide the kids with a life lesson. So here are some examples of these types of Do Now assignments that you could try in your classroom.
The Life Lesson: Failure is necessary if you're going to be successful
A. The Do Now Assignment: Watch the following video and write 1 or 2 sentences describing the main point.
B. The Object Lesson: The following video:
C. The Follow Up: Ask students to share their answers. Make sure they understand that failure - if it happens because you are trying - is a good thing. It prepares you for success later on. Failure for not trying is the problem.