TTCS students “rocked it” literally, climbing in Diablo Canyon. Students in Ms. Linda’s class were invited to join her for a day of rock climbing, team building, and a celebration of skills learned this year.
Students have participated in lessons focusing on verbal and nonverbal communication, respect, how to be a good friend, how to give and take advice, how to join a group and introduce yourself. Students learned how to read, write, and spell while participating in activities that required them to use these skills to express their thoughts and become a better human being.
PROOF OF THE PUDDING – a day on the rocks! Students along with parents, and grandparents put on their backpacks and hiked to a place called Diablo Canyon.
Students were given safety instructions and lessons on how to climb. As each student put on their gear and took their turn on the rocks I stood and watched with pride at their courage, confidence, and ability to maintain a positive attitude while navigating the unknown of a new experience. While two or three of their classmates climbed the other students offered support by cheering them on, shouting “you can do it”, “you are doing great”, “keep going, you are almost there”, and whether a student made it to the top or decided they needed to stop, they were given applause and told they had done a great job!
As a teacher, these are the experiences that teach students about motivation, trust, honesty, grit, integrity, humility, and learning how to overcome obstacles in their life. I have seen students apply these real life lessons about themselves and others to their academic life in the classroom. Watching children grow in this way is priceless.
I must thank two very special friends that volunteered their time, equipment, and experience so that my students could learn about themselves and celebrate their accomplishments. Patrick Flanigan and Gunther Woerrlein are both experienced climbers who have climbed in the United States, Canada, and Europe. They both have other successful careers but always find time to share their love of the sport with my students. Watching Patrick and Gunther work with the children is humbling because you see the patience, passion and love of helping others and knowing we are all going to be better human beings. The following quote expresses the feeling of the day.
“Today was the stuff of life. Tonight I am a richer man for it.”
- Patrick Flanigan