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Part 4: The Application
300 students, aged 5 to 7 years old descended on the small soccer field. They were excited, enthused, and extremely pumped – it was Sports Day. But where were the teachers? Where were the facilitators of each station? They were nowhere in sight. That was because there were no facilitators. Only students.
If you reflect back on parts 1, 2, or 3 of this adventure you will remember that the 5th grade students had an embarked on an epic quest to find the treasure of Nefarandria. Groups of 4 to 6 students set out to accomplish different challenges and tasks based around team building, track & field events, and invasion games. Little did they know that their adventure would lead them to the biggest challenge of all. Ok, they knew a lot by this point, but it’s fun to say “little did they know”.
The final test?
The final stage of challenges involved each group choosing what station they would like to run for Sports Day. The stations were varied including Tug of War, Obstacle Courses, etc. The faster the group got through the previous challenges the sooner they reached the level where they could choose which station they would like to run. This was communicated from the start.
So when our school’s Sports Day came around, each group was responsible for one station. They had to manage and organize their equipment, set up their station, instruct the oncoming classes about how to play, and facilitate positive play during the 10-12 minute activity. Difficult as it would seem to delegate complete control of your sports day to the students, our 5th graders excelled. They were confident, enthusiastic, and compassionate leaders of our elementary school. They rose to the challenge and successfully accomplished their final task as a group. In essence, they had reached the treasure of Nefarandria, and had done it… together.
At the end of the year, I always have the students reflect on their most enjoyable unit. They also reflect on which unit was the most challenging. It might not surprise you to know that the students’ most enjoyable unit was our adventure unit. However, it may surprise you to know that the adventure unit was also the one they chose to be most challenging. Isn’t it interesting that the most enjoyable things in life, whether for us adults or our students, are often the most enjoyable.
I for one look forward to the challenges ahead for this upcoming school year. May they be most perfectly enjoyable.
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