YORKTOWN, N.Y. -- Irvington Middle School students learned how to work together, solve problems and enhance their communication skills when they took their annual seventh-grade field trip to the Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES campus in Yorktown.
At the Madden Outdoor Education Center, they participated in team-building and challenge course activities that included different rope stations, wooden planks they had to walk across and high walls they needed to climb over. Allyson Daley, Irvington Middle School assistant principal, said the seventh-graders had to work together in order to plan, communicate and solve how their group could safely get through a number of obstacle courses.
Other activities required the students to think quickly on their feet to solve a problem. For example, they were asked to touch an open can with a ball in it without using their hands.
“After each activity, students debriefed with their group leaders to reflect on their successes and the difficulties they may have experienced during the activity,” Daley said. “They also shared possible alternatives for completing each task.”
She said the field trip helped students work on their communication, collaboration, problem-solving and reflection skills.
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