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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TABLE OF CONTENTS
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
- Active Listening Skill Sheet
- Skill Builder
- I Hear You Talkin’ But You Can’t Come In
- Fabulous Feelings Vocabulary List
- Our Decision-Making/Problem-Solving Process
- Possible Decisions and Problems
- Our Conflict-Resolution Process
- Possible Conflicts: Elementary School
- Possible Conflicts: High School
- Teacher Resource Sheet: Background Information
- Mediation Musts: The Mediator's Role
- Man We Are Really Creative!
- On the Move From . . .
- Question Sheet
- Solution Squares: Music Motivation
- Solution Squares: Nation to Nation
- Solution Squares: Possible Outcomes—Classroom Community
- Solution Squares: Possible Outcomes—The Community at Large
- Zero In On Your Zone of Control: Background Information
- Zero In On Your Zone of Control
- Zero In On Your Zone of Control: Self-Evaluation
- Take Control or Be Controlled: Background Information
- Take Control or Be Controlled: Language Worksheet
- Qualities/Behaviors: Definitions and Examples
- Responsible Classroom Community Members
- Grin and Grid It