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Commitment: The Power of Yet

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6 Commitment Other

Students will:
• Understand the meaning and similarities of commitment and grit
• Students will identify a personal obstacle that they will commit to tackle over the course of the year
• Create a visual reminder to motivate them to persevere through challenges

Category: Junior

Core Value Focus: Commitment

Lesson Day 1:
Show students the following picture (or something similar) and ask them to describe what it means
to them and what it makes them think about in their own lives. Students may generate many ideas
surrounding this image, but hopefully they will come to the conclusion that “YET” presents possibilities.

Power of Yet

To start students thinking about the topic of commitment, show pictures of difficult tasks or someone
frustrated and possibly failing. Have students describe what they see and make connections to struggles
that they may have encountered in their own lives.

Write the words COMMITMENT and GRIT on the board and ask students to share their definition for
both. Allow a couple of students to share their definitions before presenting them with the the following:

• Commitment - An agreement or pledge to do something in the future.
• Grit - Perseverance to accomplish goals in spite of challenges.

Elaborate on the concept of commitment and the characteristics that it takes to overcome
obstacles or achieve a goal.

Ask students to think about how committed or gritty they think they would be. Explain that
students will be taking a quiz and encourage them to be honest about their answers. They
will not be required to share their scores, but looking at their own behaviors and tendencies
will help them know how to improve.

Link to Angela Duckworth’s 8pt Grit quiz. Students may not understand all of the vocabulary
in Duckworth’s scale, so walking through the questions and scoring may be helpful depending
on student levels.

Give students an opportunity to evaluate their results. They do not need to share, but the following
discussion questions may help them understand how they can improve their commitment to things.

Possible questions: What does getting a low grit score mean to you? Does a low score mean you
will never improve? What about a high scores? What about the power of YET? What things can you
do to make you more “gritty” or improve your level of commitment?

Distribute commitment T-chart worksheet to students. Have students list things that they feel are
strengths and challenges in their lives (e.g. academics, social, athletics, etc.)

Tee Chart Graphic

At the bottom of the T-chart, students will complete a five-minute “quick-write” to create a commitment
goal and will include specific ways to put their plan into action.

Lesson Day 2
Individual Activity:
With any goal setting activity, motivation can be very helpful to remind us of the commitment that we
made. Each student will create an Instagram Post with picture, caption and #hashtags to help inspire
them (and the class) to keep going when things get hard.

Instagram Graphic

Concluding Activity:
Gallery Walk to view the Instagram Posts created by classmates. Allow students to share posts that
they would like to recognize or acknowledge.

Students may complete self-assessments periodically to check up on their goals and level of commitment
to reaching the goal.

Extended Activities:
• Check back in on their commitment goal throughout the school year.
• Will Smith video on Grit
• Panyee Soccer team video-
• Michael Jordan Failure Video-
• Have students research famous failures and how their commitment eventually leads to their success.

Angela Duckworth Grit Ted Talk
Instagram Post
Possible Pictures of Frustration
Grit Scale created by Angela Duckworth
Commitment T-Chart Worksheet

Quotes on the focus core value:
"Commitment is what transforms a promise into a reality." - Abraham Lincoln

"If at first you don’t’re normal." - Kid President

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