For Outdoor School: Week 1

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Week 1

Day 1 AM
Introduction

Introduction

Read this introduction to your campers before your first 5 Radical Minutes. It will help them know what’s coming and why it’s important.

Each morning and after lunch we’ll take five minutes to do an activity that pairs you with a new student each time.  You’ll receive a prompt – a suggestion of something to think and talk about with your new assigned partner.  Part of the goal is that each time, you partner with someone you know least well in the group so you begin to make new friends and learn what you have in common.

This is different from conversation, though. How we divide the time is that for two minutes, one partner speaks and the other listens.  It is a little like telling your two-minute story that is about the prompt. Then the speaking partner becomes the listener.  No conversation!  I should always be able to tell by looking which one of you is the speaker and who is the listener!  Then for the last minute, you’ll be able to have conversation about what you noticed that is similar about your responses.  You’ll know that you have 15 seconds to wrap up your story when I signal you by [ringing a bell?  Chimes?  How will you let them know?]  OK, let’s give it a whirl.

prompt

Prompt

Have students and adults break into pairs. (We want all adults paired with a student, not with another adult.) If there’s an uneven number, the facilitator is paired with someone. If the facilitator is not paired with a student, the facilitator could sit in with a pair to listen, to model the body language and eye contact of active listening. Continually look for ways to reinforce that adults at Outdoor School are genuinely interested in the perceptions and needs of students.

Outdoor School is a new kind of learning environment for us.  It is so much fun to be able to do activities that are hands-on and active, and it lets us show what we know in new ways.  With your partner, talk about what you most look forward to about being out here in this new place for the next few days.  What seems most exciting to you about this right now, at the beginning?

Ring the bell to start their sharing time. Ring it after two minutes so they can trade roles from listener to speaker. Ring the bell at the end of sharing time.

Note: Two-minutes is the goal, but these first few prompts may go quite a bit more quickly. Remind them not to respond to one another during their two-minute talking time. They’re to just respond to the prompt directly.

Connecting

Connecting

Note: Do this during the last minute in pairs.

Talk together now about whether you had anything in common in terms of what you look forward to doing while you’re here.

Ring the bell to mark the end of one minute.

challenge

Daily Challenge

This goal is based on our daily prompt, and lays the groundwork for more intentional mindfulness. If possible, have someone touch base with the students on this challenge at the end of the day.

Today while you enjoy your time here, notice the things about being here that you like! Think about how kindness from one to another makes everyone’s experience better. Find a positive way to finish the sentence about a way in which you will be kind or patient with others:  Today I will ______.

Day 1 PM
prompt

Prompt

Have students and adults break into pairs. (We want all adults paired with a student, not with another adult.) If there’s an uneven number, the facilitator is paired with someone. If the facilitator is not paired with a student, the facilitator could sit in with a pair to listen, to model the body language and eye contact of active listening. Continually look for ways to reinforce that adults at Outdoor School are genuinely interested in the perceptions and needs of students.

We’re going to do another Five Radical Minutes activity like we did this morning. Ready?

The best part about my first morning here was…

Ring the bell to start their sharing time. Ring it after two minutes so they can trade roles from listener to speaker. Ring the bell at the end of sharing time.

Note: Two-minutes is the goal, but these first few prompts may go quite a bit more quickly. Remind them not to respond to one another during their two-minute talking time. They’re to just respond to the prompt directly.

Connecting

Connecting

Note: Do this during the last minute in pairs.

Did you have anything in common?

Ring the bell to mark the end of one minute.

challenge

Daily Challenge

This goal is based on our daily prompt, and lays the groundwork for more intentional mindfulness. If possible, have someone touch base with the students on this challenge at the end of the day.

This afternoon, notice the people and the activities that you are enjoying most. Say thank you!

Day 2 AM
prompt

Prompt

Have students and adults break into pairs. (We want all adults paired with a student, not with another adult.) If there’s an uneven number, the facilitator is paired with someone. If the facilitator is not paired with a student, the facilitator could sit in with a pair to listen, to model the body language and eye contact of active listening. Continually look for ways to reinforce that adults at Outdoor School are genuinely interested in the perceptions and needs of students.

This morning, your prompt is to tell your short story about something that someone did yesterday that was helpful.  Maybe someone helped you with a project, or helped someone near you.  What was it that someone did that was helpful?

Ring the bell to start their sharing time. Ring it after two minutes so they can trade roles from listener to speaker. Ring the bell at the end of sharing time.

Note: Two-minutes is the goal, but these first few prompts may go quite a bit more quickly. Remind them not to respond to one another during their two-minute talking time. They’re to just respond to the prompt directly.

Connecting

Connecting

Note: Do this during the last minute in pairs.

What did you have in common?

Ring the bell to mark the end of one minute.

challenge

Daily Challenge

This goal is based on our daily prompt, and lays the groundwork for more intentional mindfulness. If possible, have someone touch base with the students on this challenge at the end of the day.

Today really focus on the ways people are helpful to one another, both students and staff. Today I will be helpful by _____.

Day 2 PM
prompt

Prompt

Have students and adults break into pairs. (We want all adults paired with a student, not with another adult.) If there’s an uneven number, the facilitator is paired with someone. If the facilitator is not paired with a student, the facilitator could sit in with a pair to listen, to model the body language and eye contact of active listening. Continually look for ways to reinforce that adults at Outdoor School are genuinely interested in the perceptions and needs of students.

This afternoon, think about all the ways people here are helping all of the students. Instead of telling just one story, this time talk about the attributes – what are the skills and attitudes of people who are helpful?  When do they help?  How willing are they?  Are they interested in kids?

Ring the bell to start their sharing time. Ring it after two minutes so they can trade roles from listener to speaker. Ring the bell at the end of sharing time.

Note: Two-minutes is the goal, but these first few prompts may go quite a bit more quickly. Remind them not to respond to one another during their two-minute talking time. They’re to just respond to the prompt directly.

Connecting

Connecting

Note: Do this during the last minute in pairs.

Did your stories have anything in common?

Ring the bell to mark the end of one minute.

challenge

Daily Challenge

This goal is based on our daily prompt, and lays the groundwork for more intentional mindfulness. If possible, have someone touch base with the students on this challenge at the end of the day.

This afternoon, be looking for moments when you could be helpful to others – both staff and to other students as well.

Day 3 AM
prompt

Prompt

Have students and adults break into pairs. (We want all adults paired with a student, not with another adult.) If there’s an uneven number, the facilitator is paired with someone. If the facilitator is not paired with a student, the facilitator could sit in with a pair to listen, to model the body language and eye contact of active listening. Continually look for ways to reinforce that adults at Outdoor School are genuinely interested in the perceptions and needs of students.

How does it change your experience of school – and for now, of outdoor school – when people are helpful and make a true effort to get along?  What difference does it make for you when people try to get along.

Ring the bell to start their sharing time. Ring it after two minutes so they can trade roles from listener to speaker. Ring the bell at the end of sharing time.

Note: Two-minutes is the goal, but these first few prompts may go quite a bit more quickly. Remind them not to respond to one another during their two-minute talking time. They’re to just respond to the prompt directly.

Connecting

Connecting

Note: Do this during the last minute in pairs.

What was similar about the things you noticed?

Ring the bell to mark the end of one minute.

challenge

Daily Challenge

This goal is based on our daily prompt, and lays the groundwork for more intentional mindfulness. If possible, have someone touch base with the students on this challenge at the end of the day.

Think of one way to be helpful that might be new for you, or might be a bit of a stretch. Also, notice whether you remember to thank people when they do something helpful for you.

Day 3 PM
prompt

Prompt

Have students and adults break into pairs. (We want all adults paired with a student, not with another adult.) If there’s an uneven number, the facilitator is paired with someone. If the facilitator is not paired with a student, the facilitator could sit in with a pair to listen, to model the body language and eye contact of active listening. Continually look for ways to reinforce that adults at Outdoor School are genuinely interested in the perceptions and needs of students.

You’ve been away from the routine of school and you’ve been away from home for a few days now. Take a moment to think about what you miss about home or school.  Your prompt is to share those things you miss while you’re away from home and school.

Ring the bell to start their sharing time. Ring it after two minutes so they can trade roles from listener to speaker. Ring the bell at the end of sharing time.

Note: Two-minutes is the goal, but these first few prompts may go quite a bit more quickly. Remind them not to respond to one another during their two-minute talking time. They’re to just respond to the prompt directly.

Connecting

Connecting

Note: Do this during the last minute in pairs.

Did the people or things you miss have anything in common?

Ring the bell to mark the end of one minute.

challenge

Daily Challenge

This goal is based on our daily prompt, and lays the groundwork for more intentional mindfulness. If possible, have someone touch base with the students on this challenge at the end of the day.

For the whole rest of the day, each time you notice something you miss about home or school, let yourself appreciate that you have that to look forward to when Outdoor School is finished.

Day 4 AM
prompt

Prompt

Have students and adults break into pairs. (We want all adults paired with a student, not with another adult.) If there’s an uneven number, the facilitator is paired with someone. If the facilitator is not paired with a student, the facilitator could sit in with a pair to listen, to model the body language and eye contact of active listening. Continually look for ways to reinforce that adults at Outdoor School are genuinely interested in the perceptions and needs of students.

This morning, think about the staff here at Outdoor School that aren’t from your school. These people have a special enjoyment of both students and of the out-of-doors and this wonderful learning environment. Your prompt for today is to give some examples or tell short stories about the ways you realize the Outdoor School staff are contributing to a great experience for the kids.

Ring the bell to start their sharing time. Ring it after two minutes so they can trade roles from listener to speaker. Ring the bell at the end of sharing time.

Note: Two-minutes is the goal, but these first few prompts may go quite a bit more quickly. Remind them not to respond to one another during their two-minute talking time. They’re to just respond to the prompt directly.

Connecting

Connecting

Note: Do this during the last minute in pairs.

Is there anything either of you said that was similar?

Ring the bell to mark the end of one minute.

challenge

Daily Challenge

This goal is based on our daily prompt, and lays the groundwork for more intentional mindfulness. If possible, have someone touch base with the students on this challenge at the end of the day.

Today, be aware of all they do to make this a great time, and say “Thanks” as often as it is due!

Day 4 PM
prompt

Prompt

Have students and adults break into pairs. (We want all adults paired with a student, not with another adult.) If there’s an uneven number, the facilitator is paired with someone. If the facilitator is not paired with a student, the facilitator could sit in with a pair to listen, to model the body language and eye contact of active listening. Continually look for ways to reinforce that adults at Outdoor School are genuinely interested in the perceptions and needs of students.

Tomorrow is our last day here. Talk about one thing you hope we get to do before we go, or one experience you’d like to have before we leave.

Ring the bell to start their sharing time. Ring it after two minutes so they can trade roles from listener to speaker. Ring the bell at the end of sharing time.

Note: Two-minutes is the goal, but these first few prompts may go quite a bit more quickly. Remind them not to respond to one another during their two-minute talking time. They’re to just respond to the prompt directly.

Connecting

Connecting

Note: Do this during the last minute in pairs.

Did you have anything in common about the things you’d still like to do while you are here?

Ring the bell to mark the end of one minute.

challenge

Daily Challenge

This goal is based on our daily prompt, and lays the groundwork for more intentional mindfulness. If possible, have someone touch base with the students on this challenge at the end of the day.

We can’t make sure you all have the experience you want, but if you have ideas that you’d like to contribute, mention them as you work alongside your teachers and the Outdoor School staff. Share your gratitude for their efforts.

Day 5 AM
prompt

Prompt

Have students and adults break into pairs. (We want all adults paired with a student, not with another adult.) If there’s an uneven number, the facilitator is paired with someone. If the facilitator is not paired with a student, the facilitator could sit in with a pair to listen, to model the body language and eye contact of active listening. Continually look for ways to reinforce that adults at Outdoor School are genuinely interested in the perceptions and needs of students.

Our last morning! This has been a great week in so many ways!

What is your favorite moment while at Outdoor School? What made it great? Who were the people who were involved? What did they do?

Ring the bell to start their sharing time. Ring it after two minutes so they can trade roles from listener to speaker. Ring the bell at the end of sharing time.

Note: Two-minutes is the goal, but these first few prompts may go quite a bit more quickly. Remind them not to respond to one another during their two-minute talking time. They’re to just respond to the prompt directly.

Connecting

Connecting

Note: Do this during the last minute in pairs.

What did you have in common?

Ring the bell to mark the end of one minute.

challenge

Daily Challenge

This goal is based on our daily prompt, and lays the groundwork for more intentional mindfulness. If possible, have someone touch base with the students on this challenge at the end of the day.

This morning, be aware of the things you’ll remember for a long time about being here at Outdoor School. Today’s pledge is about how you’ll take the goodness you gained at camp back into your lives at home.  Finish the sentence:  When I get back home, I will ______.

Day 5 PM
prompt

Prompt

Have students and adults break into pairs. (We want all adults paired with a student, not with another adult.) If there’s an uneven number, the facilitator is paired with someone. If the facilitator is not paired with a student, the facilitator could sit in with a pair to listen, to model the body language and eye contact of active listening. Continually look for ways to reinforce that adults at Outdoor School are genuinely interested in the perceptions and needs of students.

This afternoon’s prompt is about gratitude toward everyone and everything that made this experience great for you. Think of it as “the big picture,” not just one person, but the whole experience. Take your two minutes to share all that happened this week for which you are grateful.

Ring the bell to start their sharing time. Ring it after two minutes so they can trade roles from listener to speaker. Ring the bell at the end of sharing time.

Note: Two-minutes is the goal, but these first few prompts may go quite a bit more quickly. Remind them not to respond to one another during their two-minute talking time. They’re to just respond to the prompt directly.

Connecting

Connecting

Note: Do this during the last minute in pairs.

What did you have in common?

Ring the bell to mark the end of one minute.

challenge

Daily Challenge

This goal is based on our daily prompt, and lays the groundwork for more intentional mindfulness. If possible, have someone touch base with the students on this challenge at the end of the day.

Think of ways you can keep this enthusiasm alive as you return to your school. Complete the sentence, “When I get back to school, I will          _.”