Intro – 7th – Paco

Intro to Positive Change


In lesson 1, students will be re-introduced to Paco, will review the definition of positive change, and discuss the differences between, and analyze the outcomes, of mistakes and choices. Students will also be introduced to the definition of a goal, the term commitment, and will learn about how committing to goals effects Positive Change.

In lesson 2, students will work together to accomplish a task while making positive changes in their cooperative process.

In lesson 3, students will incorporate their understanding of Positive Change into an entry in their Career Journals as this foundation relates to their future work.


Students will develop self-confidence in their ability to make positive changes toward improvement in themselves or in their environment by:

  • applying self-motivation and self-direction to learning
  • demonstrating self-discipline and self-control
  • creating positive and supportive relationships with peers and adults
  • using effective collaboration and cooperation skills
  • demonstrating social maturity and behaviors appropriate to the situation


Positive Change –  inspires and motivates each student to be a better person, student, brother, sister, and friend.  Making a positive change requires that one understands a change must occur, and then requires action to accomplish it.

Goal – the object of a person’s ambition or effort; an aim or desired result.

Commitment – the state or quality of being dedicated to a cause, activity, etc.


  1. Using the Project TEAM HouseGuide, draw the PT House indicating Wall #2.
  2. Reintroduce Paco and discuss his Positive Change abilities.
  3. Ask students what they think Positive Change means. Allow time for answers.
  4. Discuss the definition of Positive Change.
  5. Connect previous student answers to the definition.
  6. Hand out the MISs the Opportunity? TAKE a New Approach Worksheet.
  7. Connect for students that making mistakes happens, it is how we deal with those mistakes that helps us grow and learn as a person. Explain that the following story will help students distinguish between a mistake and a choice. Using the Backyard Birthday Party Worksheet, read the story aloud to the students.
  8. Instruct students to get into groups of four to complete the MISs the Opportunity? TAKE a New Approach Worksheet.
  9. Allow students 5-7 minutes to discuss in their groups.
  10. Bring the group back together and read through the questions with the students. Go over the answers with the students. Molly made a mistake when she lost the balloons when she did not tie them down. Jada made a choice when she posted to social media. Terrell made a choice when he called his Dad to ask him to get more balloons for the party. Kim made a mistake when he forgot to grab the corn hole set when his brother got hurt. Molly and Kim both made the choice to say they made a mistake. The friends all took a piece of the party planning and preparation. Terrell covered Molly by having his Dad pick up balloons. Even though Jada made a bad choice, she recognized it and apologized.
  11. Point out for the students that the characters in the story encountered situations where they either made mistakes or choices. Making a choice is about thinking about the behavior before it happens. Sometimes Positive Change is about MISsing an opportunity, or making a mistake. But the way you can deal with a mistake is to TAKE a new approach.
  12. Review the definition of a goal and the term commitment. In order to achieve a goal, you must stay committed and try new approaches.
  13. Tell students you are going to watch a video about a Professional Athlete who competed in the Olympics. Professional Athletes make their living by competing in sporting competitions and Olympians represent their country by competing in the Olympic Games, a modern international sports competition.
  14. Have students watch the video An athlete uses Physics to Shatter World Records video
  15. Ask the students, “what was Dick Fosbury’s goal? How did Dick Fosbury commit to his goal by changing his approach to become successful? How does this connect to positive change? How did he impact others with his new approach and create a positive change for future athletes?”

Making Foundation Connections

  • How can making Positive Changes Help Others?
  • How does Positive Change connect to Problem Solving?
  • How does being committed to a goal connect to Resiliency?
  • In what way is making a choice connected to Leadership?

Facilitator Connection

Point out for the students that Dick Fosbury tried nearly every sport before he committed to the high jump. He was committed to his goal of being an athlete. Then once he chose the high jump as his sport, he found it difficult to compete with the stronger athletes, so he changed his approach and jumped a different way. He made this positive change to be successful. For years, he committed to perfecting his new approach to high jumping and eventually made it to the 1968 Olympics where he won Gold and set a new Olympic record. His new approach became known as the Fosbury Flop and was adopted by most high jumpers. He identified his goal, really committed to it, made a Positive Change and inspired many of his peers.

30 minutes