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Gary Reed

Lesson description

Heading into the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, Gary Reed was Canada’s medal favourite on the track for the men’s 800 metre. Sometimes we fall short of our goals, and Gary’s goal of an Olympic medal was missed by an agonizing 12/100ths of a second. While disappointed at being that close to a medal, he took comfort in the fact that he had done everything he could along the way to reach his goal.

Lesson instructions

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Special features

Each resource includes a teaching guide, learning activities and a story written at 3 reading levels, enabling teachers to easily adapt the lessons to students of multiple reading and achievement levels.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this lesson, students will be able to: 

  1. Identify types of goals;
  2. Recognize the importance of goal setting;
  3. Set personal and collective short and long term goals.


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