Middle School Celebrations
In Middle school students at SIS lead active and busy lives with full academic schedules, sports, after-school activities, and family responsibilities and travels. As teachers we are also busy working with our students and, of course, checking up on their full academic schedules, sports, after-school activities, etc. So it is always our pleasure to stop, to take time to reflect, and to celebrate with them their accomplishments and achievements.
On Wednesday, the entire middle school met for a Week Without Walls assembly to share memories from the recent class trips, to present a slide show of each grade’s trip, and to recognize students for their efforts and accomplishments during the week. The challenges and activities on the WWW trips enabled our middle schoolers to, in one student’s words, show “ESLRs in action.”
The photographs during the assembly were amazing reminders of the fun and adventure of the week, and students and teachers shared many laughs reminiscing about trips. Classes then broke into smaller grade-level assemblies where students were recognized for a variety of trip-related achievements, including having a positive attitude, showing perseverance, enthusiasm, critical thinking and problem-solving skills, and working collaboratively.
Most meaningful were some of the students’ own reflections on their classmates, recognizing and thanking them for being supportive and fun travel mates and friends. Following are some comments and observations of students truly showing “ESLRs in action.”
Today we went on a long, long, long, long walk but some friends like M, H and H kept me company by talking to me.
[On the hike], I noticed that some guys (J and P, for example) giving/exchanging food and water to each other. They were showing Personal Management and Global Citizenship at the same time. Some others were even [carrying] two bags, so that [another classmate] could rest.
Along the hike, J, L and I were like “sticking together” all the way. When I stopped to tie my shoelaces, they waited for me, and when one of us were resting or tying our shoelaces, we waited for each other.
One reason I wanted to go rock climbing was because I was very afraid of it. By doing so I wanted to overcome my fear. I did a good job by waiting quietly and not annoying the teachers. [While rock-climbing] I thought it was also really helpful that the people cheered so you knew people were helping you and trying to support you as much as they can.
There were a lot of people that showed ESLRs during the hike. J was in the first group, a lot quicker than us, but he often slowed down and waited for us in order to tell us which way to go. I think he showed “Global Citizen and Working Collaboratively”.
The actual hike … took a lot out of me to physically push my ability beyond what I am normally able to do. Just the thought of the accomplishment makes me feel exhilarated.
[On the hike] when Mr. Dai stopped, everyone else stopped. So they called us, encouraging like, “You can do it!” “Come on!” “You’re almost there!” I don’t know why, but my energy flew to 150%! I never thought things that others say affect you so much.
Sometimes a challenge is good to face and when things don’t go right, they go left, which is still one direction that will take you somewhere.
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