An Inspirational Poem And A Gift For You



     One of my favorite back-to-school activities for my 5th graders was to recite and learn this growth mindset poem, "The Ones Who Think They Can", by Walter Wintle. There are a number of versions of the poem, and this is the one that worked best for us.
     On the first few days of school, we would all read a projected copy of the poem together a couple of times. I talked about the meaning and the concepts behind it. I explained that the word "man" means "mankind", not just males. Each student would cut and tape the smaller version into their math or science journal for reference.
     We continued reciting the poem as part of our morning routine for a couple of weeks, then we'd do it together more occasionally. I challenged students to commit the poem to memory - memorize is a fine word, too. If they wanted to, they could recite the poem to me privately, or to the class. In return, they would receive a "100" in the subject of their choice. I do not typically reward students, or pay them, for academic performance. However, since this was an optional challenge, I felt good about it.
     Some of the phrases started to find their way into our everyday comments. If we mentioned someone who persevered against strong odds, someone might say aloud, "The ones who think they can!" If someone made a comment that was sort of down on themselves, someone might remind them, "If you think you're beaten, you are."
     Please grab a free copy here and use it in your classroom. I'd love to hear how it works out for you!
     
Pat McFadyen
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