It was a new TED Talk with Elon Musk that got me thinking about sharing my old time favorite vid for motivating students to think differently. I also just had the distinct honor of experiencing Thailand for the first time and was traveling between the incredible islands where this video was shot.
This short 5-minute movie is packed with all kinds of life lessons that today’s students need to be exposed to more than ever. Perseverance, failure, collaboration are just a few themes that this story personifies.
Based on a true story that began in 1986, this courageous group of youngsters overcame all odds by not just teaching themselves to play soccer but building their own pitch. Beneath this story of underdogs, lies grit, determination and the DIY ethic we tout today.
Share this inspiration with your students and motivate and encourage them to think outside the box and spin it into any number of different activities encouraging critical thinking, teamwork, and tenacity.
- Brainstorm character traits that the team possessed
- Compare and contrast everyday life in Koh Paynee & your hometown
- Make a list of other obstacles a floating village presents
- Research this soccer team, is information found aligned with the film
- Use Winston Churchill quote, “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” to introduce discussion
- Introduce the term underdog and have students, write or illustrate a time you were an underdog
- Make a timeline from memory, rewatch the video and compare and revise
- Discuss fear of failure and how this can be debilitating
- Make a list of risk takers and their accomplishments
- Using the final slogan in the film “Make a Difference.” invite students to find ways to make a difference in their own schools or communities
It would be wonderful to share the lessons that this video has to offer and have others add to this list of ideas for extension activities!