Seventh graders explore life
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At the end of the day, students were given the task of building a raft, using only wood they found on the ground and a few supplies provided by the teachers. “It allows them to be creative and it allows them to get their hands dirty,” Cazzetto said. “The raft building is the ultimate problem solving activity.”
Trager said that the students had to work together to build the raft, and for all the activities. Teamwork, she explained, is a skill they will need in the future.
Students were divided up into groups of 12. Teachers said the pairings were done randomly so it would give students a chance to meet a classmate they might not have known before. To celebrate the concept of teamwork, each group had to design a flag, and come up with a secret handshake and victory dance.
“We’re learning how to work together as a team with our classmates,” said seventh grader Jeannine Nwade. “If you don’t improve your team skills now, then how are you going to use them in the future?”
Joy Pressley said she learned how to listen to her peers. When trying to solve a problem as a team, she said, it’s important to hear everyone’s ideas. “When you listen to other people, you might learn,” she said, “and you can make yourself a better person.”
Mignella said the teachers began planning Explorations Day back in the summer. He said it was a lot of hard work but it paid off. Making the day even better, he said, the students were excited to be there and the weather was just right.