- There will be only one winner today, and we will be okay if we lose. I make them repeat that "I will be okay if I lose."
- If you lose today you must remember "Today just isn't your day." I make them repeat this as well,
- Let's come up with some appropriate strategies to help us deal with losing,
- deep breath
- walk away
- positive affirmations
- Guidance is a safe place to make mistakes, or feel upset, so this is practice for real life. I will be here to support you if you do get upset.
What happens next differs from class to class but the life lessons are powerful! I have had students who normally get super upset, see that they can be okay if they lose. They are learning how to be gracious when they lose and shake hands with the winner and say "Good Game." I have had kids who are poor winners, lose how to win graciously as well.