“The deliberate use of carefully sequenced and processed adventure activities (in particular cooperative games, trust and problem-solving activities) for specific outcomes, often personal and social development. (Bag of Tricks 2010, Project Adventure New Zealand Associates).
Cooperative games trust and problem solving
Our objective has been on ‘Trust’. After we had a practice in the first week with 1 class we decided to try and work together as two classes to achieve the objective.
Our learning objective: To provide an opportunity for group members to trust their physical and emotional safety with others by attempting a graduated series of activities which involve taking some physical and/or emotional risks.
Jahreon and Jack using trust and working together to counterweight
Cyanalee and Nevaeh lean back
Activity - YURT CIRCLE TRUST WALK - (Greg Jansen, variation of Yurt Circle in Quicksilver – Karl Rohnke)
Task - Using a large (Tug of War) rope tied in a loop, have class stand in a circle. Holding rope tight, lean back without moving your feet. Everyone takes the strain.
Before we attempted this we had some practice with counterweight. This was heaps of fun and we certainly had to trust one another.
Nick and Fergus managed to master it after some practice
Alana and Halo mastered the one-handed balance
Mr Simm and Nikau demonstrating
After learning about counterweight we tried using the large rope. We realised we must learn and counter the person opposite us on the rope. This wasn’t as simple as it sounds.
Sometimes it took a bit of practice to master the counterweight
And they all fell down Working together having fun
Harrison waling to rope Can he trust his peers to hold him
Working together to achieve a goal Success
Keywords: Trust, cooperation, Heath and PE, Adventure Based Learning, student agency