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16 8 / 2014
I liked a little thing I made up for the first day of class.
Partly inspired by the growth mindset posts that were going around #education last week, I was casting about for ways to introduce those ideas to some groups which didn’t make a whole lot of progress last year. This turns out to be kind of a step before that lesson, and I’m sure something similar has been presented a million times before, but I love the concrete visual and the way it addresses the self-defeating habits of many of my students.
Turns out there are lots of clips of weightlifting grandmas on the internet, but I found this very short clip of a lady named Winifred Pristell deadlifting 262 pounds last year when she was 74. She has an eponymous website with a bio that explains how she came to weightlifting after a health scare in her sedentary, obese 40s. I decided to use her story.