I CAN Virtual Challenge
The things you can’t do don’t define what you CAN.
Too often we define ourselves and others based on what we can’t do rather than what we CAN. Everyone has a talent or something they are good at, BUT not everyone is good at everything – even our Paralympians:
- Chad Perris is legally blind, BUT he can run 100m in 10.76 seconds. He’s Australia’s fastest ever Paralympian.
- Melissa Tapper has limited use of her left arm, BUT she’s played table tennis at both the Paralympics and Olympics.
You can complete the Challenge online and have your group discuss their answers in a video call, or submit via email for feedback.
What CAN we do?
- Identify and celebrate what students CAN do. Are there any common themes?
- Ask students to draw themselves or to take a photo of them ‘doing’ what they can.
- Identify what students can’t do and discuss why. Is it because they aren’t old enough, tall enough, experienced enough? Is it something they have tried? Or have they simply told themselves they can’t?
- List these in the classroom.
- Ask the students to choose one physical activity they can’t do but would like to (e.g. kick a ball 10m), and to set a time frame to achieve it. It could be a day, week or term, depending on the students’ age and ability.
- Encourage students to ask their families and friends to support them by pledging $5 if they achieve their goal.