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Discussion and group activity provide opportunity to assess behaviors around challenge.

Personal choices provide the context to map challenge responses


Essential Questions allow students to keep the main idea in mind. They can provide the motivation to keep asking, learning, and being curious, in pursuit of answers to big questions.

Use one of the following Essential Questions to guide this Session:

  • What strategies do people use when they encounter a problem or challenge?
  • What skills are needed to be a community member?
  • What is most important when collaborating with a group of people?

Introducing Challenge allows students to explore their own ideas on how they overcome challenging situations. You should be able to see students’ responses to frustration during the activity. Take notes so you can bring this up in the debrief. Refrain from managing poor student coping strategies in the moment. You will use behaviors as a point of reflection later on.

As a companion to this lesson, try out the Alternate Ending activity. This is a strengths-based lesson that asks students to consider other times in their own lives when they responded well to a challenge. Helping students reflect on strengths they have to cope with challenges can be a powerful benchmark as they move into more difficult activities throughout the Session.