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Promoting Adventure

Excerpt from EL Education's Core Practices: A Vision for Improving Schools

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EL Education

Topic

  • Adventure and Wellness
  • Character Education
  • School Culture

Adventure lives both within and beyond the school walls. The spirit of adventure—taking risks, entering the unknown, and discovering new insights about self and others—is alive in physical, intellectual and artistic adventure. Adventure is thoughtfully integrated and carefully constructed to ensure physical, social and emotional safety for all.

A clear expression of EL Education's roots in Outward Bound, the spirit and experience of adventure permeates EL schools. It helps to create the student engagement and focus on character that distinguishes the EL experience. Adventure can be any physical, artistic, or intellectual experience that involves risk, challenge, and discovery. Every adventure has a strong element of entering the unknown and not being certain of the outcome. EL promotes the kind of adventures that create opportunities for leadership and collaboration as groups of students and teachers face challenges together. Together, students and adults discover they can do more than they thought was possible, and find aspects of themselves that they didn’t know were there.

Reflection is a vital component of such adventures, so that each experience is a rich opportunity for learning about oneself, one’s peers, and the world. Teachers take care when planning adventures to ensure physical and emotional safety as they promote risk-taking and courageous action.

A. The Role of Adventure

  1. Physical, intellectual, and artistic adventure is embedded in the school’s traditions and rites of passage, building community and providing opportunity for leadership and teamwork.
  2. When possible, school leaders and teachers experience outdoor adventure and investigate the natural world through fieldwork, Outward Bound courses, or school-organized wilderness and nature experiences.
  3. Students have multiple opportunities to reflect and learn from successes and challenges in their physical, intellectual, and artistic adventures.

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Created By

EL Education

Topic

  • Adventure and Wellness
  • Character Education
  • School Culture

Adventure lives both within and beyond the school walls. The spirit of adventure—taking risks, entering the unknown, and discovering new insights about self and others—is alive in physical, intellectual and artistic adventure. Adventure is thoughtfully integrated and carefully constructed to ensure physical, social and emotional safety for all.

A clear expression of EL Education's roots in Outward Bound, the spirit and experience of adventure permeates EL schools. It helps to create the student engagement and focus on character that distinguishes the EL experience. Adventure can be any physical, artistic, or intellectual experience that involves risk, challenge, and discovery. Every adventure has a strong element of entering the unknown and not being certain of the outcome. EL promotes the kind of adventures that create opportunities for leadership and collaboration as groups of students and teachers face challenges together. Together, students and adults discover they can do more than they thought was possible, and find aspects of themselves that they didn’t know were there.

Reflection is a vital component of such adventures, so that each experience is a rich opportunity for learning about oneself, one’s peers, and the world. Teachers take care when planning adventures to ensure physical and emotional safety as they promote risk-taking and courageous action.

A. The Role of Adventure

  1. Physical, intellectual, and artistic adventure is embedded in the school’s traditions and rites of passage, building community and providing opportunity for leadership and teamwork.
  2. When possible, school leaders and teachers experience outdoor adventure and investigate the natural world through fieldwork, Outward Bound courses, or school-organized wilderness and nature experiences.
  3. Students have multiple opportunities to reflect and learn from successes and challenges in their physical, intellectual, and artistic adventures.

Download this resource to read the full text.

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