Purpose: Students analyze the program title “Overcoming Obstacles” by identifying common obstacles in daily life.
1. Students define “obstacle” and explore options for dealing with obstacles.
Write “obstacle” on the board. Ask students to define the word. Relate the word to concrete experiences. Ask students to visualize a time when they were driving, hiking, or riding a bike and came upon something that was an obstacle to continuing on their way. Ask, “What did you do about the obstacle?” Invite students to share their experiences and solutions, such as moving the object, going around it, or finding an alternative route to reach their destination.
Explain to students that while they are likely to encounter such physical obstacles, they are just as likely to experience many “life obstacles,” some of which can be very damaging. Brainstorm with students examples of these life obstacles, such as emotional roadblocks that they encounter in their relationships with friends and family members. For example, have students identify an obstacle that may occur between friends that must be overcome for the friendship to continue. Write their responses on the board.
2. Students review the table of contents for the Overcoming Obstacles curriculum and define “life skills.”
Distribute copies of the “Table of Contents” activity sheet to students and have them review it (or have them access the activity sheet through their electronic devices). Explain to students that the table of contents lists skills that they will be developing and practicing in this class. Encourage students to comment on what is covered in the curriculum and why these topics are called life skills. Have students define the phrase “life skills.”
3. Students anticipate the benefits of the Overcoming Obstacles course.
Ask students to consider why this course is called Overcoming Obstacles. Refer students to the list of obstacles they’ve identified on the board. Invite volunteers to suggest ways that the particular skills they’ll be learning can help them find ways around life’s obstacles, just as they’d find a way around a fallen tree or a concrete barrier in their path.