Updated: Jun 12
When writing my book, I initially intended it for educators and administrators. The mental workouts were geared to assist in enduring the endurance sport of the academic school year. However, when reading some Amazon reviews, two struck me allowing the lightbulb to illuminate.
"This book is a life changer in any thing you do— not just for teachers. It makes you believe in yourself and all of your potential. It creates an uplifting buzz to go for it — whatever your “it” is."--Greg C.
"This book is not just for teachers. It’s for everyone!"--Yvonne C.
So, while I still consult and work with adults regarding the Teach4Endurance lifestyle, I've began incorporating "Endurance" Days into my classroom. Each week my students take part in one of the book's nearly 100 workouts.
Why? DO NOT TRY TO DRIVE THE CAR UNTIL YOU'VE CHECKED UNDER THE HOOD!
If you're mentally not in a good space (whether adult or child), you're not going to achieve anything at a high capacity. No amount of technology or lesson plans will mend a struggling spirit. Hence . . . classroom "Endurance Days" and its wall was born! This wall exists as a daily reminder of how we can strengthen our mind and spirt. It also reminds us that none of us has it all figured out; thereby, none of us are truly alone in our struggles.
Workout 1: The Beauty of Inclusion
On the outside of a notecard, write "If you knew the real me, you'd understand that . . ."
On the inside, share something that is integral to who you truly are.
Note: For my students, they do this anonomously. It's still helpful for me as their teacher to understand where my students are coming from.
Cliff Notes: Check under the hood and know what you're working with.
Chapter Intro: Inclusion is the action or state of including or of being included—kind of like kindergarten, when everyone still liked each other. One of the coolest aspects of the IRONMAN® experience is its inclusiveness—everyday people race alongside the pros. I get to swim, bike, and run with those for whom triathlon racing is a living.