Magazine article Curriculum Review

Get Students Started on Their "Best Year Ever": Grades 5-12

Magazine article Curriculum Review

Get Students Started on Their "Best Year Ever": Grades 5-12

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In the May issue of Curriculum Review, we spoke with 17-year teaching veteran Bill Cecil about Best Year Ever!, the motivational and classroom management program he developed. To help you and your students kick off the new school year on the right note, Cecil, Michigan's current Teacher of the Year, agreed to share a visualization activity in which his students participate during the first week of classes. For more information on the program, call 800-690-1233.

Best Year Ever! Visualization Activity

Purpose: To get every student to attach a strong personal image and/or

feeling to the slogan, Best Year Ever!, so that whenever they hear or read this slogan, they can clearly see in their mind's eye what they are working to attain this year.

Time: 30-40 minutes.

Process: Share with kids examples of how top athletes like Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, Mary Lou Retton and Michael Jordan have used visualization techniques to help focus on a desired outcome for each of their respective sports to enhance their performances. Example: Tiger Woods, when asked what he thinks about before each golf shot, responded that he visualizes where he wants the ball to go instead of where he doesn't want it to land.

Explain to your students that it's important for them to have a clear image and/or feeling in their mind of what Best Year Ever! means to them so that this slogan can have more of a powerful, positive impact on them throughout the year.

Instruct your students to take one or two minutes in silence and concentrate on what they visualize and/or feel whenever they think about Best Year Ever! or what having their Best Year Ever! looks/feels like.

Take two or three minutes and let the kids share with the rest of the class what they see, feel and/or think about when they hear or read the slogan Best Year Ever! …

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