Lesson 24:
Attitude &                                                                                                                                
Perception

Objective:        To show that point of view and perception are an important part of character, success, and
life                            in general.

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Sometimes, truth is in perception.  If two people saw the same car accident, both of them would probably not
report the same events, because they would each have a different view of the accident.  One might be positive,
while the other may be negative; one may be from the left, while the other may be from the right; one may be
optimistic, while the other may be pessimistic; and so on.

Activities

1.)      Optical Illusions.  At first glance, what do you see?  - Could it be a person's profile or is it something
more?  I would definitely give this one a second look!  (In portrait version, it looks like a face; in
landscape version, it spells out the word liar in cursive or script.) So, you see, even if you see it with your  
own  eyes - in black and white even - it is not always true.  Give the other guy a chance before you lose
trust so quickly.













Use other optical illusions to emphasize this point and to add a little bit of fun.


2.)     Add it up.  Ask the students to assign a number value to each letter in the alphabet beginning with one.  
Or, to make it easier, you could already have this written out on chart paper or a transparency.

A  B  C  D  E  F  G  H   I   J    K    L   M   N   O    P   Q   R    S   T    U   V   W    X   Y    Z
1  2   3  4  5  6   7   8  9  10  11 12  13 14  15  16  17  18  19  20  21 22  23  24 25  26


Begin with word knowledge.  Ask the students to assign a numeric value to each of the letters, then add              
them up.

    K     N   O   W   L   E   D    G   E
    11+14+15+22+12+5+ 4 + 7 + 5 = 95

Explain that knowledge will them 95% of the way toward their goal.  Now, that's good.  It's an "A" in         
school.  But, is it good enough for life?  Encourage the students to want to do their best - to get 100%.


Ask the students to try hard work.

    H   A   R   D      W   O    R   K
    8 + 1+18+4  +  22+15+18+11 = 97.

Well, now, that's better.  We're getting closer, but still not quite at 100%.


Ask the students to try attitude.

    A   T    T    I   T   U   D   E
    1+20+20+9+20+21+4+ 5 = 100

The only way to get to 100% is with the right attitude.  Knowledge will get yo 95%; hard work will get
you               97%; but a good attitude will get you 100%.


Ask the students if they want to get extra credit.  (Isn't that always the question?!)  Let them try         
Teamwork.

    T    E   A   M   W   O   R    K
    20+5+ 1+13+22+ 15+18+11 = 105

If you choose to work as a team, you can get above 100%.  A good attitude in a team with knowledge                 
and hard work is hardly destructible!