“At that time, I felt extremely doubtful about my game … I didn’t really have the best year, how am I going to perform at the IPL (Indian Premiere League), one of the world’s biggest tournaments?”
– Kagiso Rabada, Episode 1: Courage
The effects of this were particularly felt on pupils and teachers. Even after the COVID19 pandemic was largely behind us, the return to school, socialisation and lingering effects of such a change have proven to be the greatest challenge of this generation.
That is why in The Elements, an ongoing collaboration between Bellavista S.H.A.R.E. and the entertainment company Kingdom Kome, we have partnered to tell stories that help our learners and educators equip themselves with practical life skills through carefully crafted stories linked to curriculum based learning that are told by a prominent figure who speaks to their experience.
What is Grit?
In Season 1, we dive into Grit: what it means, what it is and how it can be applied in everyday life.
International cricketer and South African legend, Kagiso Rabada, is our inspiring host.
Based largely on the academic work of Angela Duckworth, best selling author of “Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance.” and Alison Scott, executive principal of Bellavista School, this first season of The Elements is an essential for the modern world of learning.
Each Episode of The Elements is an educational module that consists of four different tasks:
TASK 1: Watch & Discuss
TASK 2: Reflect
TASK 3: Quiz
TASK 4: Connect
Each Topic has instructions that will assist the educator with how to teach as well as contain links to relevant teaching material and instructions that are to be given to learners.
The Elements is formatted in a way that is easy to use for the educator to use and is adaptable to best suit any particular learning environment, with options for printed hard copy materials, online sharing and screen sharing options for classroom settings.
Our recommendation is that the teacher reads and gets familiar with this Bellavista SHARE system and plans their lessons accordingly. We will put in reminders to help guide you under each of the Episode Modules under a block titled “Pro Tips” in your Educator Course Pack that comes with every user licence.
The following is laid out as a lesson plan to help train you on how to use grit, with every step walking through the various tasks of an episode. Enjoy!
The Nitty Gritty
How to use the course
The educator should watch the episode video first to gain context. Every video will be embedded at the start of every new episode and will be split into 2 parts.
Every video is embedded at the start of every new episode and will be split into two parts.
Based on the SQ4R learning method, the episode parts are optimised for discussion.
Part 1 features a personal story from KG’s life and is accompanied by academic learning about a particular episode.
Part 2 shows how KG applied a particular Element to his life and discusses what it means to him.
The LO Curriculum Module is listed for each episode in the Educator Course Pack to help guide educators to meet national curriculum objectives in classroom settings.
The Elements is a teaching tool, to be used to assist in teaching the national curriculum and CAPS LO modules. It has not yet been certified and for now should be used to supplement the curriculum as it contains points highly relevant across the Grade 7, 8 and 9 years.
The educator must decide on the best way to administer the activities from THE ELEMENTS to their students as well as any of their own materials (if any) to best fulfil the LO Curriculum Modules.
This includes deciding whether to incorporate digital learning by allowing students to use their electronic devices to engage with course material (we suggest this) or printing out hard copies to be handed out and collected during the lesson.
For data purposes, it is recommended that there is an online copy filled out for each student so that we may better present your institution with an analytical “snapshot” of the course at its completion.
All student related personal information will be protected and will not be used by us as per Government issued regulations.
Before the lesson, the educator must get the episode ready to be viewed by the students as well as have any QR codes, URL links or hard copy activities ready for the students to use immediately after the videos.
The students will arrive, be introduced to the course and element, then watch both parts of the episode. After Part 1, the educator must facilitate group discussions amongst learners in a class setting. After Part 2, the educator facilitates an open discussion for the students.
For coaching, counselling and other individual settings, the facilitator can have a one on one discussion with the client.
There are discussion points listed to guide the conversations and a discussion form the educator may give feedback on student engagement. Do this for every Element episode when the students are busy.
This is a form for the educator to use only and should not be shared with students. It will help the educator gauge engagement and track student progress and help us provide better materials.
Activities and Course Work
With Task 1 complete, the educator moves the students onto Task 2.
This task is designed to critically engage the students on what they have learnt from the episode and how it relates to them in their lives. The teacher shares a short URL address or allows the students to scan a QR code to access the coursework.
The students should all use the same email address used to log into THE ELEMENTS by the educator so that the educator gets all results sent back to their inbox. Hardcopy materials are available if digital version is unavailable.
If all students are able to complete Task 2 in time, the educator proceeds to Task 3 where a multi-question quiz is administered to the students the same way as the previous task. This can be via URL, QR code or in hardcopy.
The Educator may also assign Tasks 3 and 4 for homework, as they are optional tasks.
When working online it is important to remember to give the students the correct email address (yours!)
Having completed Task 1, Task 2 and Task 3, the educator may encourage the students to use their devices to relevantly create content and engage with us on social media as outlined in Step 8.
Additional resources will also be provided for students and educators to learn more about THE ELEMENTS discussed in the episodes.
Using the LO Curriculum Overview on the following page, the educator can plan their term and year according to their needs, with every episode being used as required.
It is recommended educators implement one episode per one hour lesson, but the content can be stretched to up to three lessons per episode.
After the lesson, the educator may collect the tasks for review, using the provided Assessment Rubric to grade their students.
You’ve just helped our community by teaching students a little bit about what it means to have passion, perseverance and resilience in life.