I believe in the power of setting intentions prior to the start of the day and/or class. When we set intentions, we are more likely to make choices that support them. Therefore, students are asked to set their intention for their effort before entering the gym. This simple act reminds them that they hold the power and responsibility for learning and becoming "stronger" in every way. Unfortunately, we all know that sometimes our choices and behaviors may go astray as we approach a challenge or peer pressure. By setting our intention, sometimes a simple reminder of it is all that is necessary to get us back on track.
Just like setting our intention before we enter the gym, we must reflect as we exit. Students often hear may say- "Honest reflections are the only way we get stronger." As we know honesty with others is important but we often forget about the importance being honest with ourselves. If we know we can give more but tell ourselves we gave "High 5-Excellent" effort, we are limiting what we truly can do and become.
Giving students the opportunity and encouragement to self-reflect is another way of empowering them to take charge of their learning and well-being.