Lesson Plan

Changing 'I Can't' to 'I Can't Yet'

In this lesson, students will explore phrases related to growth mindset through the eyes of basketball player Michael Jordan. They will hear a story about Jordan overcoming his self-doubts and reflect on ways they can approach challenges.
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Learning Objectives

Students will be able to use growth mindset techniques and identify phrases they may use when they doubt themselves and their abilities.


(10 minutes)
Michael Jordan: Overcoming Obstacles
  • Join students together in a circle, seated on the rug or in chairs.
  • Ask them to raise their hands if they...
    1. Play sports.
    2. Play instruments.
    3. Have learned how to read words.
    4. Can ride a bike.
  • Ask the class, "Has anyone said 'I can't do this' to themselves when learning or practicing these skills?"
  • Explain that sometimes we get down on ourselves and think that we can't do things, but with patience and hard work, great things can happen.
  • Ask students to share a time they worked hard, were patient, and stuck with their practicing or work (even if they may have thought they couldn't do it), and because of this were able to succeed.