Taking Responsible Risks Mr. Davies taking a responsible Risk by showing you thiS - (Age 18) THis picture was taken with 35mill FILM!

SO turn to page 151 - Taking responsible risks (READ)

It's all about giving it a GO! Trying something you're not 100% comfortable with, seeing how you go, and working out how you can do better next time.

Like this mouse, safety first! you must be responsible.


“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe Harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover”


Each moment of every day provides YOU the opportunity to TRY something new. In a classroom that could be: applying past knowledge to answer questions, predicting outcomes, setting goals for where you want to be in 5 minutes, end of class, end of term, end of year, end of school, end of working life...

If you don't take risks, that is, putting your hand up to question something your not sure on, challenging yourself to do the hard questions or the meet the A criteria, taking on new roles (leadership), working with different students, attempting to do tasks you really don't know how to do, then you are not making the most out of your time.


"If every student tried their best, I would LOVE each and every moment of my working life" (Mr Davies, and every other teacher in the world).

John F Kennedy said:

“We should not let our fears hold us back form pursuing our hopes”

Never be afraid of being wrong. Teachers would rather you were wrong every time than never try.

ACTIVITY ONE - What would you do?


♣ Do a quick survey asking students: Do you enjoy taking risks? Hands up. Yes/No

♣ Play the first 55 seconds of the video and pause it. Ask students in pairs to discuss what they would do in this situation. Get feedback. Ask the class as a whole to predict what might happen to the people who decide to run the risk and take the two empty seats.

♣ Play the video until the end

Activity 2 - Vocabulary 1

♣ Put students in pairs and ask them to write on the w/board, in two minutes, words related to taking risks.

♣ Give them handout 1. Discuss the words they did not have.

Activity 3 - Vocabulary 2

Prepare slips of papers with the new vocabulary and follow these steps.

This is a mingle activity. Give every student a slip of paper with different words that need to be revised. Before the activity begins, make sure they know how to explain their word. Have students stand up and communicate to the person next to them, explaining their words. Encourage them not to use gestures or sounds to define their word. Once the students have guessed their words, ask them to swap their slips of paper and move on to find a new partner.

Activity 4 - Group

Divide class into 4 groups.

Distribute the handout - "Desert Island"

Discuss the scenario in the hand out. Give a reason for each of their choices and write ideas on W/board.

Present finding to the class. Provide justification for the items

Activity 5 - Game

Mr. Davies taking a risk... Remember - Trying something NEW! Challenge yourself!

GAME. See handout for instructions. Requires. Bucket/basket. Marker, Marking tape, scrunched up paper. The team with the most points wins a prize*, so whose going to take the biggest RISK.

*Prize may differ depending on your teacher


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