Mid Year Motivation

Hi Everyone,

We have made it half way through the year! I decided to do a lesson today on staying motivated. Whether it be the cold weather, snow, dark days, minimal sunshine, etc, we can all lose our motivation. We need reminders every once in a while as to why working hard is important.

I brought the students to the carpet and we discussed what drives, motivates, and inspires us. We talked about what it looks like to work hard and how we can give 100% each day. We talked about being good people and kind to one another.

I passed out the lyrics to “I lived” by One Republic. We closely read the lyrics and discussed what they meant. We then watched the music video which was extremely powerful. The video is a touching tribute to one teenage fan, Byran Warnecke, and his stugglles of living with cystic fibrosis.

In the clip we see Warnecke making the most of his life — bicycling, skateboarding and playing hockey — intercut with footage of his youth, as he explains what it’s like living with the hereditary disease. Meanwhile, One Republic sings along with performance footage. “It feels like I’m breathing through a straw,” says Warnecke, whose life expectancy is 36, according to the video. “Whenever I try to breath hard it hurts. I want to make the most out of my life and have as much fun as I possibly can and my biggest fear is not being able to do that.”

I wanted students to realize how lucky they are and to live each day to its fullest potential. To never take anything for granted and always work hard. But most importantly, be good people. We then colored some inspirational quotes which will be hung around the classroom for reminders on this lesson.

Please see the lyrics, video, and quotes that we used today.

Thanks for checking in and enjoy your weekend!

Ms. Gray

“I Lived”

[Verse 1]
Hope when you take that jump
You don’t fear the fall
Hope when the water rises
You build a wallHope when the crowd screams out
They’re screaming your name
Hope if everybody runs
You choose to stay

Hope that you fall in love
And it hurts so bad
The only way you can know
Is give it all you have

And I hope that you don’t suffer
But take the pain
Hope when the moment comes
You’ll say…

I, I did it all
I, I did it all
I owned every second
That this world could give
I saw so many places
The things that I did
Yeah, with every broken bone
I swear I lived

[Verse 2]
Hope that you spend your days
But they all add up
And when that sun goes down
Hope you raise your cup

I wish that I could witness
All your joy and all your pain
But until my moment comes
I’ll say…

I, I did it all
I, I did it all
I owned every second
That this world could give
I saw so many places
The things that I did
Yeah, with every broken bone
I swear I lived

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3 thoughts on “Mid Year Motivation

  1. To a teacher who practically does it all in her classroom. Thank you for teaching our children the knowledge they need to succeed and for continually inspiring them to be the best they can be!


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