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Fourth-Graders Learn What to Do with an Idea

Bronxville School teacher residents Jacqueline Sullivan and Samantha MacDonald have developed a lesson plan for all fourth-grade students about the importance of sticking with an idea and persevering through challenges to achieve their long-term goals.

The lesson was inspired by Kobi Yamada’s book, “What Do You Do with an Idea,” which all students were required to read. During their lessons, Sullivan and MacDonald defined grit – the passion and motivation to achieve a long-term goal –and explained to the students how essential this trait is to help them persevere in academics, athletics and other areas of their lives.

“My hope is that they become more confident in their abilities and are inspired to achieve any goal they set their minds to,” Sullivan said.

Sullivan and MacDonald also discussed how successful people, such as Steve Jobs, J.K. Rowling, Walt Disney and Thomas Edison, endured many obstacles throughout their lives, but with grit they were able to achieve their highest aspirations. Following each presentation, the students wrote their own ideas and noted the various ways to practice grit in order to follow through and achieve their goals. MacDonald said the exercise also tied into their lessons on opinion writing.

“Teaching this lesson about a book with such an empowering message and being able to interact with the students of Bronxville Elementary School has been a great experience,” Sullivan added. “This is just one of the many ways in which the Teacher Residency program at Bronxville allows for graduate students to participate in the school community and be part of the success of each child.”

Sullivan and MacDonald work directly with the students through a partnership with Manhattanville College and LIU/Hudson. The Bronxville Teacher Residency program provides the graduate students with the opportunity to be part of the curriculum lesson planning and learn from an experienced teacher, who serves as their mentor throughout the school year.

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