Attitudes, beliefs and taking penalties

At assembly today I tackled the World Cup. I thought I should exercise my demons, face the naked truth that we’re not as good as we think we are. But furthermore I realised that when players do reach a level of great skill and technical ability something else sets them apart. Their attitudes and beliefs define them and make them who they are.

I asked our children in Y5 and 6 “what do you think goes through our players’ minds when they walk up to take a penalty, as they have done before against Germany?” The children responded with a range of answers (showing an uncanny understanding of sports psychology I thought!)
“They’re nervous”
“They’re thinking oh no I might miss”
“They’re worried that the goalie might save it and they’ll look stupid”
I then asked them what they thought went through a German player’s mind before he took a penalty.
“He thinks, I’m going to score”
“I can be a hero”
“This is easy”
I explained to the children that we can achieve so much with the right attitude and belief. I told them the future is theirs, they just have to belief in themselves and show the right attitude.

Has the last few weeks given me anything I can use in school? Did I feel better about the World Cup? Maybe, a bit!

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About smichael920

Headteacher of a large primary school in North West England. Helping me to blur the distinction between work and home, I am also father of five, covering most phases of education thus giving me the lowdown from within and without. Education is about enjoying today and preparing for tomorrow. This can't be done using the tools of the past. View all posts by smichael920

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