Education Final Summary
By Ricky Vargas
Taking Adventure Ed has opened my mind so much further than anyone could have told me it would. I remember coming into class a little intimidated, not knowing what to expect. What the outcome turned out to be was just the opposite. I can now truly say that I see things in a more positive perspective of how to facilitate a classroom by such basic principles that are very easy to use.
I now know that icebreakers are necessary to break that barrier that exists between people, so that trust is then developed between the student and the teacher. Without having someone's trust, you've already lost half the battle of trying to introduce something new to that individual. What you must understand is that trust is a fragile thing that must be maintained.
The class also demonstrated to me that it's okay to make mistakes, because life in general is full of many challenges that we try to overcome. This is all part of the learning process that helps us grow as students, teachers, and as people in whole. What people don't realize half the time is that they learn from their mistakes through experience, and that is exactly what this class gives you. Adventure Ed is a part of a learning process that can be used in life in general.
I realize the importance of sparking an individual's attention by keeping a particular activity creative, fun, challenging, exercising safety, and always using teamwork. By using these factors you then develop a bond so strong that is almost indescribable. This bond then opens so many doors to certain aspects of each others lives, and it is such a good testing. There are people that I've known for years and I've never gotten that in-depth about their personal lives because people tend to be shy if approached the wrong way. Now there are people that I've known just this one semester and I know so much more about them then my own friends.
I think that taking this class was very beneficial to me, because not only did we accomplish so many new things amongst each other, but we also sat down and debriefed about it. And when you sit down and evaluate what you've just done, you realize why certain things were so important. Examples could have been how fear is conquered when climbing up the wall. Or when the kids had come to our school from Peterson and Wells, we had to enforce the five-finger with safety being number one.
Adventure Ed is part an ongoing life experience that helps you understand
where you stand in life. And instead of instruction being just one-way
where the teacher is there to tell you what to do or how to do it, it's
actually a reciprocation of both the student and the teacher. And
that's what Adventure Ed means to me.