Developing the Life Principle: PERSEVERANCE

#1) Life Principle:

PERSEVERANCE - Ability to persist or continue striving to the end

Quote: The man who removes mountains
             begins by carrying away small stones.”  
-Chinese Proverb

#2) Key ideas:

  • We all have the ability to set and reach well-defined personal and learning goals.
  • We can decide to take advantage of opportunities to set and complete specific tasks.
  • We build our self-confidence, abilities, and successes when we set and complete specific tasks.

#3) Lexicon:  Perseverance   Elementary     MS/HS

  • Break the word into pieces
  • Sound out the word
  • Find the root word
  • Select synonyms that support

#4) Describing the process:

  • What would perseverance look like, sound like, feel like?
  • Use web-graphic to describe “perseverance”, and using complete sentences add supporting details.  

#5) Introduce the Question Focus: State topic for questions.  QFT – Question Formulation Technique

“Our Question Focus for this lesson is about Perseverance.”

#6) Produce the Questions:                           
Materials needed: white paper and markers        
Allow about 10 minutes

  1. Ask as many questions as you can.
  2. Change any statements into questions.
  3. Write down every question as it is stated.
  4. Do not stop to discuss, judge, or answer the questions.

#7) Improve questions:                                             

  1. Identify open and closed ended questions
  2. Change questions: select one question to change from open to closed-ended and one closed questions to open-ended.

Allow 4-8 minutes.

#8) Prioritize questions:                                    
State the lesson plan criteria/guidelines, and ask learners to identify 2-3 questions they think are most important.     
Allow 10-20 minutes

Group Share Out: Have each group share their rationale for choosing priority questions.             
Allow about 10 minutes.

#9) Discuss Next Steps:                                        
“What are we going to do with these questions?” (Whole Group Discussion – outcome to align with lesson objectives.)

Sample:  Discuss the need for applying perseverance toward reaching a goal.

#10) Reflect: Individual and Group Reflection:
Ask a topic related question for learners to reflect upon briefly in writing about what they have learned.

Discuss and report in small or whole group.
Sample: “What will perseverance in working towards a goal look like?”