Journey Toward the Caring Classroom: Using Adventure to Create Community in the Classroom

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"Collaborative group members must approach a task as equals, willing to take risks that will cause all to sink or swim together. This collective stake in an outcome implies a group that thrives on respect, trust, and common goals."--Journey Toward the Caring Classroom

Children attend school to acquire skills for contribution in society; yet schools traditionally champion a sit-down-and-listen atmosphere. Journey Toward the Caring Classroom stipulates that a classroom should instead support a community of students and teachers who collaborate to achieve common goals in order to create a community of citizens who do the same.

Utilizing the principles of adventure based education, the author presents a curriculum of games and activities for a variety of age levels that build trust, cooperation, and problem-solving skills and which teach personal responsibility to groups as well as setting and achieving individualized goals. The development of the text provides a map for building community, tips on group/classroom facilitation, and makes the program easy to implement.

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Any teacher or youth worker can pick up this book and begin implementing a community building process. Each journey begins with one step. Simply using these activities in your classroom signals a change in the status quo for teachers and students alike. With experience, the activities become a part of a larger process that creates a foundation of safety, security, and trust. This foundation supports the collaboration that propels learning to new heights.

About the Author:

Laurie Frank is a former public school teacher who has worked in the adventure field for over 20 years. She helped design the nationally recognized Stress/Challenge Adventure Program for Madison, Wisconsin Metropolitan School District and wrote their curriculum, Adventure in the Classroom. Laurie has been a Certified Trainer with Project Adventure since 1990, and is active in Play for Peace, an organization that focuses on bringing children of conflicting cultures together through play. Currently, Laurie is the director of GOAL Consulting, working with school districts and nonprofit organizations around the country to develop adventure education programs for children and young adults.

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