- Warm-up / 1 mi / 10:30
- Marathon pace / 5.05 mi / 9:40
During our Social and Emotional lessons in my first grade class, I attempted to teach my learners about resilience. We watched an inspirational video about runner Derek Redmond. We learned that he was favored to win the gold medal at the Barcelona Olympics. While competing for the medal, his hamstring tore. He could not continue running. He received a standing ovation because he walked to the finish line instead of giving up. All day long my learners were saying, "I am not going to give up. If I just keep going, I won't have to say that I failed!" I really nailed that lesson!
At the end of the day our phys. ed teacher came to my classroom. She commented on how fireed up my kids were about everything that they did in P.E. class. As she inquired more about their enthusiasm, she heard all about our resilience lesson.
This is what she learned: She learned that a runner ran a race. During the race, he pulled a hamster out of his leg. The hamster was like a rubberband and it just snapped. The runner cried a lot, but he finished the race pulling a hamster.
Teaching first grade is A LOT of fun!