Sunday, January 8, 2017

How do you teach Citizenship?

The PVC Racetrack Challenge - how many marbles can you move down the track without dropping 1?
Of the five transferable standards - perhaps the most important is being a responsible and involved citizen.
 I'd justify that statement by asking you to imagine a young person who can communicate effectively, is a deep thinker, can solve complex problems and is self-directed - but can't work others, accepts no personal responsibility, is biased and disrespectful and has no sense of caring for his or her community.   I certainly would be challenged to consider an SCS graduate with those characteristics successful.
Patiently hoping those that come before you don't mess it up :-)
This is why we dedicate time and energy into actually teaching the elements of Responsible and Involved Citizenship.    We are extremely fortunate that the newest member of our PE Department - Kelly Spreen, is not only a skilled teacher in the physical aspects of PE (our 6th graders will start nordic skiing in just a couple weeks!) - but she also is a certified Health Teacher who works with our Skills4Life (S4L) Program.   We thought you might enjoy a few pictures from our 6th grade S4L classes these past few Fridays - where Kelly led each team through a set of challenges specifically designed to create situations that challenge a group's ability to collaborate  and communicate together.
About halfway across the gym but running out of pipe :-)

Climate change challenge - fitting your team on increasing smaller islands

Bay Bridge Challenge - can you cross the narrow beam from both directions without falling off

Success on the Bay Bridge :-)

This was happening while our 7th and 8th graders were working through an S4L Adolescent Suicide Prevention curriculum with Guidance Counselor Rachel Petraska and our Student Assistance Professional Amy Sayre.  Another important topic - and one that we will have a parent evening for this Tuesday at 5 PM - if you are interesting in attending we welcome anyone, and you can reach out to Rachel  - or Amy for more information.  

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