I'll start -- Mr. Meunier is a physical education teacher at Alisal Elementary. He has been working with his fourth-grade students on building their endurance on longer running distances. His instructions, the first time the kids ran a full mile at once, were to set a slow and steady pace. Many students could not resist going faster at first (out of a sense of competitiveness) but then had to walk later because they ran out of breath or got a stitch.
Mr. Meunier took the time to praise the students who finished with a slower time, but had kept a steady pace. He pointed out that if they were to run for 2 miles, or 5, it is those students who would be able to win the race.
One girl who did not think of herself as particularly athletic because she had not won any sprinting races is now considering trying out for track and field in a few years. She has begun to do training runs on her own outside of school hours.
Mr. Meunier inspires students to discover their strengths and develop well-grounded confident individuals.
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