Week 2 Responding to Challenge in 6W – The Magic Smartie
Monday 19th January | 14 comments
How do you respond to a challenge? After our ethos assembly on Tuesday, the children of 6W took part in a little social experiment.
Imagine you have been given an envelope
Inside this envelope is a magic Smartie.
If you eat this magic Smartie, you will always find tasks that you take on easy.
Take a moment to think about this, then decide what you want to do.
A – Eat the Smartie?
B- Leave the Smartie in the envelope.
What would it be like…
- Learning to ride a bike
- Doing the shopping
- Taking a test
- Singing in a choir
- Talking a foreign language
- Playing a musical instrument
What are the consequences for you?
- Would you get the satisfaction from a job well done?
- What would you learn along the way?
- What would you learn about yourself along the way?
- What would you learn about others along the way?
- How would it help you build friendships and relationships?
- What if everybody took a magic Smartie?
- What if only a few people took a magic Smartie?
Here is what Alisha said.
“From the start when we were introduced to the Smartie challenge, my mind was one hundred percent made up that I would choose option B-leave the Smartie in the envelope;here is why I made such an immediate decision.
First of all, for me the most important point is that anything you can do with a magic Smartie you can do without one. The only difference is that you wouldn’t have the same sense of satisfaction, achievement or pride as a person without a magic Smartie in their success of a challenge.(And of course the amount of effort and practice they put in).
Can you imagine passing an exam without going to school? Wouldn’t it bother you that in some ways you cheated? For some people they would still eat the magic Smartie but that would mean you would never be stretching or growing your brain by setting yourself goals that you can work towards and hopefully achieve. Altogether, although it would be a nice idea, I’m glad there isn’t a magic Smartie!:)”
Here’s how Omaymaa responded
“At first I took the smartie and wanted to find tasks that I usually find hard, easy! When my teacher asked the two groups (people who did eat the smartie and people who didn’t), I changed my mind and went to the other group. This was because of Alisha! The language that she used persuaded me and I wanted to challenge my brain instead of finding things easy!
When I did eat the smartie I realised that I wouldn’t actually be doing anything since Im not actually thinking even if the magic smartie would make me succesfull! I would have been glad if I didn’t eat the magic smartie in the first place because I would want to make mistakes and learn from them! Thank you Alisha for persuading me and I am glad as well that there isn’t actually a magic smartie!”
Omaymaa was not the only one who chose to take the magic Smartie before changing their mind. Take a look at our before and after discussion pictures.
Before – this lot chose not to take a Smartie and challenge themselves
After – the vast majority of the Smartie eaters changed their minds. They realised that the magic Smartie would rob them of the satisfaction brought about by persevering with a task and stretching yourself.