Sunday, April 16, 2017

"I do not think there is any other quality so essential to success of any kind as the quality of perseverance." John D. Rockefeller

I often write about the lessons the game of golf teaches for us the game of life. Another major lesson happened last week, when Sergio Garcia became the Masters Champion on Sunday.  

Sergio Garcia had a great beginning to his career, and then nothing happened.  His win at the Masters is his first top finish win in 74 starts over 19 years.  He won some on the European Tour, but nothing HUGE, like The Masters. 

I like it that he never gave up.  He continued to chase his dream, even though for years, he has been the guy explaining why he did not win. Sergio Garcia is a great example of PERSEVERANCE.

As teachers, i think we should share stories of real people who personify the word PERSEVERANCE.  In our world of instant gratification, students need to know that in real life, nothing happens instantly.  They need to learn the lesson that PERSEVERANCE can be the difference between success and failure.

When I was in the classroom for those 37 years, I liked to spend a few minutes on a story from the news or the sports world that had an interesting and teachable lesson.  The students liked it, too.  sometimes, when we were discussing a theme in literature, a student would reiterate one of those teachable moments from the year and apply it to our discussion. (Yes, your students are listening! )  

I hope you can fit Sergio or other role models who offer positive and teachable moments into your weekly lessons.  Somehow, hearing, reading about, and seeing a real person succeed because of a trait such as PERSEVERANCE makes the lesson that much more attractive and inspiring!  

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