Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Exploring the Classroom Pole

One of the more enticing aspects of our new classroom was the support beam - or pole - that is literally front and center as you enter the space.  As Aneesa Sen and I set up our classrooms in the lower part of the new Founders Hall, we wondered how the students would experience the poles in each of our classrooms, and it didn't take long at all for the children to ask if they could climb it.  Initial teacher trepidations aside, the pole became not only a way for the children to express their physical prowess in climbing (or in their attempts to climb) to the top, but also an inspiring lesson in teamwork as they encouraged and cheered each other on.

It is hard to put into words how excited they were as they motivated each other in their attempts to ascend the pole...and the sheer satisfaction of getting to the top and touching the ceiling 
was immeasurable to those who scaled it.

The idea then came from the boys to think about making paper parachutes to drop from the top of the pole, so the many in the class set to work on creating them in our classroom mini-studio.  

Once the parachutes were ready, the children had to continue to work as a team.  One person would ascend the pole, while another supported them and yet another one handed up the parachute to be dropped.
All in all, a very exciting day in the life of our pole! 

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