I’ve written a fair amount about how I use visualization techniques with both my ELL and non-ELL students (see Best Posts On Helping Students “Visualize Success”).
Our principal, Jim Peterson, mentioned an interesting story he had heard about swimming legend Michael Phelps. When he visualizes – yes, he sees himself being successful. But he also sees himself dealing with obstacles and overcoming them.
I have not done that with my students – how will they handle being nervous speaking English? How will they handle being tempted to not show self-control.
But I will now!
Here’s and article and a video where Phelps and his coach talk about this…..