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Students at Holmes Build their own Obstacle Course!

By
Mark Heimbuch,   Holmes Jr High School
Play:
Create Your Own Fitness Center
Topics:
Physical Activity Participation, Student Leadership,  Teamwork
Students at Holmes Build their own Obstacle Course!
The students at Holmes Jr High built their own obstacle course, promoting student leadership, teamwork, and increased participation in physical activity, using gymnastic/fitness equipment. After group selection, each group then received a "lot" to build on. Each group then had to collaborate with the other groups to decide which groups would receive what equipment. After the equipment was assigned, then the groups began the design process. During the design process, the groups had to decide how and why to use each piece of equipment to make their lot exciting, yet challenging. The groups were then allowed to invite other students to "sample" their lot. Feedback was given and adjustments were also made when necessary. Finally, each group had to confer with their neighboring lots to ensure a smooth transition between the lots when it was time to go "live" with their project. After the design was complete, students then were able to run through the entire course. The students at Holmes Jr High absolutely loved this Play experience!

What challenges did you face and how did you overcome them?

The biggest challenge we faced was safety. We overcame this challenge by modification and also by leaving a group representative (when necessary) at each station to ensure the station was properly set up for the next participant to further promote the safety aspect.

What improvements have you seen at your school?

The biggest improvement we've seen this year is an increased level of acceptance in our classroom. Our students listened to each other's ideas very patiently and have continued to do so (and grow) throughout the year.

How did students and adults work together as a team?

During the design process, the groups had to decide how and why to use each piece of equipment to make their lot exciting, yet challenging. The groups were then allowed to invite other students to "sample" their lot. Feedback was given and adjustments were also made when necessary. Finally, each group had to confer with their neighboring lots to ensure a smooth transition between the lots when it was time to go "live" with their project.