How Many Eighth Graders Can Balance on a Two Foot Wooden Cube?
Can eighth graders assemble a giant puzzle...blindfolded?
These are just a few of the challenges students faced in life skills over the past week. Teamwork, communication, and collaboration have always been fostered at GUS, but to prepare for service week, eighth graders truly need to work with others and more. What set of skills does one depend on in an unfamiliar environment? How might students rely on classmates in a new way? How might students support classmates when the setting changes and the challenges are outside of the classroom?
In our debrief, eighth graders easily saw what was effective and what made the tests more frustrating. We hope they will pack these life skills in their duffles as they head to Washington D.C. and The Dominican Republic in a few weeks.