In this lesson, students will unpack what it means to be tough. They will explore traditional ideas of ‘acting tough’ and learn about mental toughness and grit. They will go on to develop a social campaign that aims to shift their peer group’s focus away from physical toughness towards mental toughness.
- understand the difference between ‘acting tough’ and being mentally tough.
- understand the components of grit.
- identify strategies for developing mental toughness.
Lesson guides and printables
Australian Curriculum content descriptions:
Years 7 & 8 Health and Physical Education:
- Investigate and select strategies to promote health, safety and wellbeing (ACPPS073).
- Plan and use health practices, behaviours and resources to enhance health, safety and wellbeing of their communities (ACPPS077).
General capabilities: Literacy, Critical and Creative Thinking, Personal and Social Capability
Relevant parts of Years 7 & 8 achievement standards:
Students investigate strategies and practices that enhance their own, others’ and community health, safety and wellbeing. They demonstrate skills to make informed decisions, and propose and implement actions that promote their own and others’ health, safety and wellbeing.
This lesson is part of the wider unit of work STOP the Coward Punch: HPE – Years 7 & 8
Time required: 150+ mins.
Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – teachers will lead class discussions and monitor activities.
- Butchers paper (optional)
- Device capable of presenting a video to the class
- Grit Survey (optional) – one copy per student
This lesson is designed to build students’ competencies in the following skills:
- Community engagement
- Critical thinking
These resources have been designed in partnership with Danny Green's STOP the Coward's Punch campaign.
Danny Green’s STOP the Coward Punch campaign was started in 2012 with the aim of raising awareness of the devastating effects of the coward punch on the community, including the physical and mental scars survivors, families and friends are left with for life.
STOP the Coward Punch believes in the right of all people to enjoy themselves, safely and free from violence. With support from entertainers, athletes, community leaders, politicians and everyday Australians, the campaign aims to raise awareness of the simple precautions we – as a community and as individuals – can take to ensure safe and enjoyable outings and, ultimately, reduce the number of coward punch occurrences in our communities.