Build Your Olympian: Build YourselfA Self Improvement Challenge
1. My Race My Way During this unit you will get to focus on a specific personal character trait that you want to improve HANDOUT: KWL chart - Identify your strong and weak character traits Create a class list of common traits people can work to improve HANDOUT: Use the blank Goal Selection Process Hexagon Sheet Consider your physical, emotional and mental traits Select one or more to work on improving. Keep a training log that documents your work at trying to improve one thing about yourself. Establish a learning and work routine to help you reach your goals. Use your activity log to write up your final products and final self- assessment.
My Race My Way Strong and Let’s look at your completed Weak character chart traits. PhysicalMy routine Mentalwill include: What are the elements of your Emotional traits. routine: what will you do when? What will How many times will you repeat success look different activities in a day?What will I like? My Goal isneed to findout about? to work on: What will you do if you do not What do I succeed in maintaining your know I need routine? How will you to work on? encourage yourself?
My Race My Way Physical Let’s look at your completed work chart and how many challengesYou must Improving you want to take on.care for and Physicallybe good to involvesyourself. diet and Have you been realistic with Your activity what you feel you can Challenge! accomplish?Emotional MentalWork work What are the elements of your Creating routine: what will you do when? discipline. You must be How many times will you repeat the coach different activities in a day?
What if I Fail?Discussion: Working throughfailure•What will you do if you donot succeed in maintainingyour routine?•How will you encourageyourself ?•What are ways to staypositive and not give up whenfacing challenges?
2. Training and Activity Logs Training Log Each morning you will write up a few points about how your training is going – include your research and actions You will close each class with a personal self-assessment on your training and your learning activities in the unit Activity Log You will document all assigned exercises, activities and writing projects in the Activity Log A final self-assessment, The Personal Medal Ceremony, will be completed in the Activity Log. Please note: your log books can be two separate sections in your notes
3. Build Your Olympian: What will you need to find out? During this unit you will get to focus on a specific Olympic athlete of your choosing and build a character profile of them: Identify their physical character traits. What is the role of their coach? What makes them strong emotionally and mentally? What are their weaknesses? What was their big story? Did they win a medal? What did they place? Is there something unique about their history? Find out about the most important thing that happened to this athlete.
Working on the Character ProfileOutline:A strong profile will contain specific details that describe a person.what a person looks like, physical featurestheir skills, strengths and weaknesses.unique challenges they faceWhere they comes fromUnique parts of their historyHighlights and lowlights: most important achievements anddownfallsTheir coach and other important figures in their lifeWhat other ways are there to describe a person?How do I get there: using research and news articles can provide a lotof factual information and links to other media such as videos, imagesetc. Using Google image, video and web searches will also help getaccess to good information.
Working on the Character ProfileWhat does good information look like:Using reputable sites i.e. known news agenciesOrganisations and large community sites like theLondon Olympics central siteAvoid personal blogs and pure opinion basedarticles that do not contain interviews or clearfacts.Presenting your Findings Orally:Digitally: make a video or use softwares likePowerPoint, Prezi, Word etc.Hardcopy format: paper print outs, constructionpaper etc.
The Character Profile: Expanded ActivitiesCharacter Comparison Activity:Compare your athlete to a character from the book youare currently reading or read recently in class.Answer the following:How is this character similar to my athlete? Which one is stronger emotionally? Mentally? Explain why you think this.Who are you most alike – the character or the athlete? Explain why you believe this.
The Character Profile: Expanded ActivitiesDeveloped Character Comparisons:My Personal Challenge: Consider the one personalchallenge that you are working on and explore how yourathlete would deal with their challenge. What skills wouldthey bring to the challenge and how would they overcomeit? Is there anything your athlete or your coach would tellyou specifically to help you meet your own challenge?My Approach: Consider the character from the novel orbook and explain how you might treat a major conflict intheir lives differently than them. Explain why you wouldtake this different approach and what type of differentresults would be created, for better or for worse.
4. Select Your Coach During this unit you will get to focus on a specific Olympic coach and: identify their specific job skills explore their role as coach define the relationship they build with their athletes explain their values & beliefs Discussion: Describe what type of coach you would like to have?
Working on Your Coach’s Profile How do I get there? Find print or video interviews with coaches and/or the athletes that they train Research and identify their history with the sport. Where did they get their coaching skills from? How do they treat their athletes? Do they have a specific set of values and attitudes that they use to develop strong relationships with their athletes?
Coaching Expanded: Communication Activity1. Look at the list below and explain which of these is most importantto you in terms of what type of coach you would like to have? Explainwhat types of communication skills you would use to help coachsomeone? What other ways would you use to support an athlete intraining?2. Is there a time in the bookor novel that you are readingthat the main characterneeded to use one or more ofthese communication skillslisted below.
Coaching Expanded: Coach your CharacterCoach your character:Consider an important character in your book or story and think aboutwhat areas of their life they could use some coaching for.What physical, mental, emotional areas of their life need coaching?Why do you think this?What type of training program would you put them on?What good advice would you give them?Why would you give them this advice?How would you help them deal with failure?
5. The Olympic Team Story: Expansion Activity During this unit you may also get to focus on a specific Canadian Olympic team and explore their big story: identify their main plot points of their Olympic journey Identify the high point of excitement for this team Identify which characters played important roles for the team Describe their story in your Activity Log Share their story with the class.
5a. The Olympic Team Competition ActivityTeam Competition Presentation Event1. Divide the class up into two teams for acompetition to see which team has the bettercollection of athletes and coaches using oneprofile from each student. Team ratio should be 4athletes to 1 coach.2. Profiles should include a wide variety of media TEAMand slide images that present facts about the DEBATEathletes and coaches as well as their final results.3. Students and teacher award points for athletes,coaches and teams for their physical and mentalpowers of success.4. The teacher will finalize the debate based onthe team presentation skills and, ‘award medals inclass accordingly.’
6. Twitter Feed: The Athlete’s Village Which hash tags do you respond to the most often? #my race progress #my challenges #my athlete Is there a topic that is missing that you think should be there? Have you created any topics yourself?
7. Personal Medal CeremonyAfter you complete your last personal self-assessment you will need to rewardyourself for your efforts. Do you deserve gold, silver or bronze? Did youplace? Were you happy just to get the race completed?Consider how well you did during yourtraining: How often did you stick to your routine? How well did you complete your activities? How thorough were you in your journal? How well did you meet your personal challenge?
Expansion Discussion: The Role of Sacrifice What is the role of sacrifice when it comes to self-improvement? Consider your Olympian’s story and what they struggled through in order to fulfill their dream. What type of sacrifices can we make to help work on personal improvement in our own lives? What have you learned about sacrificing short term gain pieces: candy, fast food, going out instead of studying etc. in exchange for long term bliss and big goal fulfillment: developing skills, beating addictions, getting a great job.
SHSM Expansion Activities: Non-Profit SectorExplore Non-profit sector connections:Character profiles must focus on athletes who are volunteers within thenon-profit sector through Right to Play initiatives or other non-profitwork that involves supporting youth academically, socially, physicallyand emotionally .Team presentations should look at a specific athlete based non-profitorganization and provide profiles of these organisations: their goals,actions, participants, what they do and how they do it?Have students research interviews with athletes who volunteer for theseorganisations and present their summary notes to the class.