Classroom Rules We've Embraced:
Rule1: You're already champions at something.
Rule2: It's all about 'dat data.
Rule3: Make progress, not excuses.
Rule4: Trust is essential.
Rule5: Practice what matters most.
Rule6: Give back, don't take away.
Rule7: Represent something greater than yourself.
Rule8: 100% of me is nothing compared to 1% of the whole team.
Rule9: Control the variables you can control.
Rule10: When you fail, make adjustments to get better.
Rule11: "Yesterday is not today."
Rule12: "If you don't rule your mind, it can rule you."
Rule13: True character is revealed when no one is watching.
Rule14: "No human is limited."
In the documentary above, we try to "get behind what's in the human spirit" to quote one commentator. What we essentially do is create a list of "rules" that the Breaking2 team followed which allowed them to be so wildly successful. We'll apply the lessons we learn to create an unflappable team out of our class.
Evidence Accrual Form:
We'll use the form to the left to accrue some evidence about how Breaking2 built a team capable of such an amazing "moonshot" attempt. Students will complete a modified gallery walk activity in which they visit each of fourteen stations to make connections between the teamwork in the film, and the teamwork we'll build in our classroom.
After completing the form, we'll finish our standard writing process to create a paragraph in which we articulate the classroom implications of the information in the documentary.
Our second text for this unit, linked to the left, will be a heavily simplified, very short passage based on Anders Ericsson's book Peak, to show students the importance of purposeful practice in developing expertise.
After reading this text, we'll start to design Google Slides presentations connecting our classroom practice, to the insight from Peak, and the Breaking2 documentary.
The part of Marc Lewis's Biology of Desire we'll simplify for our unit involves how to forge a new identity, and to break the cycle of choosing detrimental, immediate rewards over long-term goals. As you've likely come to expect, the heavily-modified text is linked to Lewis' image to the left.
After expanding our horizons with this text, we'll add a slide to our Google Slides presentation to share our learning, and to connect it back to our classroom.
Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt
The Coddling of the American Mind shares some compelling insights, all based on the "Three Great Untruths" subconsciously taught to our students today. We'll examine those untruths, and see how they've shaped our lives, and how they've harmed our aspiring team.
After this brief reading assignment, we'll add some information, and another slide to our Google Slides presentation as we take another step closer to becoming a team capable of taking a "moonshot" together.
In his beautifully sparse book, Discipline Equals Freedom, Jocko Willink shares some straight forward advice that we've already read excerpts of in class. This time, we'll focus on his section about team building. Thanks to his writing style, reminiscent of Sun Tzu's Art of War and the Lao Tzu's Tao te Ching, the three pages we'll use can be read without any editing.