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Adventure Education for the Classroom Community

Over 90 Activities for Developing Character, Responsibility, and the Courage to Achieve

Empower your students instead of coercing them through punishments and external rewards. Engaged by the activities in this character education curriculum, students will choose responsible behavior. Help your students master communication skills, create plans, make decisions, solve problems, and resolve conflicts. Your efforts will build classroom communities that support character development, individual and social responsibility, and academic excellence.


  • Teach students how to get to know, trust, and respect their classmates and others.
  • Form a caring classroom community that supports academic excellence.
  • Prepare students with the soft skills that are required for every walk of life.
  • Recognize common group dynamics to better facilitate student learning.
  • Learn how classroom community meetings offer long-term benefits for both you and your students.

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Chapter 1: Classroom Communities
Chapter 2: Adventure Education Is Experiential
Chapter 3: The Experiential Learning Cycle
Chapter 4: Understanding the Life Cycle of the Group
Chapter 5: Getting Acquainted
Chapter 6: Learning to Trust and Depend on Each Other
Chapter 7: Setting Goals
Chapter 8: Using Communications Skills: The Big Picture
Chapter 9: Active Listening, Taking Turns, and Using “I” Messages
Chapter 10: Problem Solving and Conflict Resolution
Chapter 11: Putting It All Together: Community Meetings and Activities That Make Them Productive
Chapter 12: Making the Core Curriculum Relevant: Community Service and Service Learning as Experiential Education
The Road Ahead


Chapter 5

Chapter 7

Chapter 8

Chapter 9

Chapter 10

Chapter 12