The students who transforms anxiety and unpredictability into a vehicle for their personal growth will not just survive but will THRIVE.  Sustained happiness and leadership skills are both nourished by facing everyday challenges with courage, resilience, adaptability, and grit. Another way of saying it is "the best version of yourself tomorrow is built with todays choices." Lets move forward and attempt to build your Pandemic Strong Mindset!


            This Entire page outlines thinking and doing Tools that will lead you to increased success and happiness.

    If you Follow along patiently, ask questions, and present a sincere desire to learn good things will begin to happen.

    each of the following sections is labeled as A distinct tool. each item is significantly expanded on in the classroom setting.

    feel free to take notes as i speak on each topic.  

    use the tools habitually. 

    it is your tool box as well as mine. 



    Tool #1: NINE Nourishing Habits


    • #1 Choose quality food. Eat because you need to eat not because you are bored, sad, happy, anxious, tired, or angry. This a a skill that takes practice and unlearning of habits. Choose quality food often, but allow yourself an occasionally treat.  The specific act of eating either builds your health or tears it down. It determines your energy level, ability to handle stress, fight disease and even your ability to learn.  The best version of yourself will always include making good food choices.  Eat with a  habits are simply choices you make each and everyday. These choices should align with a mission for success decision making success. These choices are part of your vision for a healthy and bright future. During the school year we will compile a list of healthy basic foods and meals that can be purchased by families on a limited budget. Many healthy foods are cost prohibitive, but many are not.  Here are three resources we will use to begin this topic.    





    • #5 Create an organized environment. Organizing your physical space allows you to accomplish more tasks and feel better about yourself. An organized environment need not be perfect, but just a place that brings you joy while doing difficult work.  


    • #6 Invite positive thoughts and nourishing words, select words that represent who you wish to become.  Choose to speak and listen to positive, nourishing, and academic words. The words that you hear, read, and and share become YOU! Choose your words in your story, characters in your story, and setting for your story wisely and and the story will progress to something you wish to read, be a part of, and share. You must build your own inspiration if inspiration is not falling at your feet.   


    • #7 Exercise. A daily habit often done at the same place at the same time. Just choosing a different types of exercises each day and making it fun. Do it early in the day when possible. Aviod comparisons. 


    • #8 Help someone. When you choose to be a life-long helper, help has a way of finding you when you need it. Empathy is a the power habit of superheros! Mere mortals can choose empathy. 


    • #9  Intend, Visualize, Do, Reflect, Repeat.  




    Self Reminder. You take your Mindset with you wherever you go.

    Only when your mindset is nourished can you handle challenges like a superhero. 


    Tool #2: Adjust your Emotions for success.  

    • Having emotional awareness allows you to choose an emotional response. 
    • Your emotional response can be the "walls and windows" of your pandemic strong mindset.
    • Additionally, habitual positive emotional choices foreshadow your future success.    
    • Each and every day, choose to cultivate Empathy, Kindness, Patience, and Forgiveness and you will grow creativity, resilience, and step closer to your potential.
    • Each day that you identify and learn how to delete Apathy, Jealousy, and Anxiety the same will happen.  
    • Choose your emotions wisely and your days will slowly illuminate.  
    • Be Patience. Amazing creations are not built in a day.  
    • If you would like an amazing life you will need to build your lifelong emotional practice skills.  


    Self Reminder. Emotions are a choice!


    Tool #3: The RECIPE


    • THE RECIPE: Believe, Plan, Call in Help (from teachers and mentors), Measure, and Repeat. 
    • Use this RECIPE repeatedly. Each day, all day.
    • School is essentially a process of planning, measuring, and repeating.
    • Schooling can be done from a ANY DISTANCE when you are connected with your teachers and mentors. 


    Self Reminder: Believe in Yourself and reach out to your Helpers! 


    Tool #4: USE The Creative Window of the day

    • The creative window is when your mind is clear from the initial distractions of any day.
    • In order to get to the creative window, you may need to be the 1st person awake (for example, if you have noisey siblings). 
    • For adults, the creative window is often the hour before and the hour after after sunrise. 
    • For teenagers it may be a little later.
    • Regardless, plan to get up at the same time each day.
    • Hold yourself accountable to that time. Get up! 
    • When you wake up, tell yourself “This is going to be a good day!” 
    • Now, immediately start working on two hours of goals that you created the day before. Workout goals, reading goals, social goals. Goals that build you into the person you wish to become. Accomplishing these goals before you use your phone, turn on the TV, or use social media. 


    Self Reminder: Waking up early You become whom you build. Build wisely!



    Education Resources


     Follow along fitness videos

    Joe Wicks from England (great accent). His Youtube channel has daily 30 minutes workouts @ 9am live stream, called PE with Joe. You can watch them anytime. He does these workouts from his living room and are great for all populations but aimed younger ages. he also has multiple categories including 7 days of Sweat and Ab Blasters. 




    video dedicated to helping students reshape their mindset



    Mindset Video 1: TEDX: The Power of Belief: Growth Mindset.


    Mindset Video 2:  TEDX by Dr. Carol Dweck from Stanford University:  Dr. Dweck is credited with the term "Growth Mindset."


    Mindset Video 3 : The Secret of Becoming Mentally Strong: From TEDX Ocala


    Mindset Video 4: The video touches on the “precious gift of life and that what is in your heart is what truly matters.” For me the video is a truly inspiring reminder to wake up every day and be ready to give my best in honor of the mother who inspires me.  Marc Mero is a retired professional wrestler turned motivational speaker. He often speaks at schools in Florida. 


    Mindset Video 5: 

    This TEDX mindset talk  is by Dr. Alia Crum, Assistant Professor of Psychology at Stanford at the Stanford Mind & Body Lab

     Dr. Crum is a former Division 1 Hockey Player at Harvard University and a triathlete.


    Mindset Video 6:  Solitude will Sharpen Your Mind.   A short motivational video providing useful tools to move past negative  thoughts.  


    Mindset Video 7:  The Happy Secret to Better Work       In this video, the speaker posits what he calls the "happiness advantage" stating happier people become more successful because their happiness allows them to reach farther toward their potential. At minute eleven of the video, Shawn offers his key five step daily approach. 


    Mindset Video 8 : Grit:The Power of Passion and Perseverance    From speaker Angela Duckworth. Her book by the same name is a New York Times bestseller.  Angela has found that grit—a combination of passion and perseverance for a singularly important goal—is the hallmark of high achievers in every domain. She’s also found scientific evidence that grit can grow. 



    sport Biomechanics & Fitness Videos

    Fitness Video #1a:  good self-space leg strength exercises similar to what we do in PE class.  No equipment needed.  

          Fitness Videos #2a

   Fitness Video#2b:   Two Excellent Videos on A Skips and B Skips focused on form. These two videos do a great job of demonstrating the biomechanics of A and B skips. Can be done outside or in a hallway. 

   Fitness Video #3: 10 Explosive Plyometric Exercises for Speed: Advanced Video on speed development exercses. Many of these exercise we do in 6th period PE. I do reccomded students skip exercise #9 if they choose to do the exercises in the video.  Fitness Videos #4: 15 great footwork agility drills. You can do these without a speed ladder by using chalk, spray paint, tape, or just pretend the ladder is there.

   Fitness Video #5:  another excellent video on running drills that are done by sprinters and distance runners as a part of their typical warmup routines.

    Fitness Video #6: Myrtle routine: The 12 exercises in the Myrtl Routine help strengthen the hip girdle while also helping to provide a greater range of motion in this area. My more detail oriented high school runners perform this routine (or a variation of it), three or more times per week as a part of core strengthening and injury prevention.  I find the set of 12 exercises is also very helpful for adults wishing to prevent low back problems. Can be done inside at home.    



    The Science of Health Videos & Articles


   Great article by Harvard Medical School on the origins of obesity. It details the complexity of genetic, environmental, and behavioral variables.  Advanced health education reading for middle school.  


    college admissions process and colleges in general 

    Great college comparison website.  My favorite page is the NET PRICE chart. Some of the most prestigious schools in the nation are highly affordable after their generous grants provided by college endowments to families making under $100,000 per year.