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A Proposal for an Experiential Education Course for 10th Grade Students

Designed to Promote Lifetime Activities, A Healthy Lifestyle, and Development of a Moral Compass

Cavett Eaton

on 29 October 2012

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Transcript of A Proposal for an Experiential Education Course for 10th Grade Students

Students “Do Their Best Work” and “Do the Right Thing” What is the reality of an entire class
of 10th grade high school students
in 2011, graduating with no drop outs in 2014? SALT LAKE CITY SCHOOLS DISTRICT 2010-11 Single-Year Dropout Rate for students was 6% The reality is that
(conservatively speaking)
of 51 SLCSE students, in 10th grade
this year, three of those students
will not make it to graduation in 2014. However, there are other realities that we at SLCSE hope to see changed..... A Proposal
for an Experiential Education Course
to Promote Lifetime Activities,
A Healthy Lifestyle,
and Development of a Moral Compass We want to decrease the Risk Factors -
individual or environmental characteristics,
conditions, or behaviors that increase the likelihood
that a negative outcome will occur. “You Can’t Change Reality” Student Anthony Fierro, replied
in response to principal Larry Madden's
challenge that every student in the
graduating class of 2013 finish high school. Mr. Madden then challenged the class to do just that, “change reality.”
This has been a motto at SLCSE since. In fact, the opening lines of our Mission Statement are, “At SLCSE, we develop the character and skills necessary to "Change Reality." We want to increase the Protective Factors -
individual or environmental characteristics,
conditions, or behaviors that reduce the effects
of stressful life events; increase an individual’s
ability to avoid risks or hazards; and promote social
and emotional competence to thrive in all aspects
of life now and in the future. We want to strengthen School Connectedness -
the belief by students that adults and peers in the school care about their learning as well as about them as individuals. ? The SLCSE outdoor adventure
education curriculum, 10th Grade
Healthy Lifestyles, builds upon these strategies for increasing protective factors among our SLCSE youth. The Salt Lake Center for Science Education, through the 10th Grade Healthy Lifestyles course, will continue to Promote Lifetime Activities, A Healthy Lifestyle, and Development of a Moral Compass.
At SLCSE we believe this curriculum coupled with a culture of caring can "change reality" for our students and for their current families, and for the families they will become. Which ones do we lose?
That is a tough reality to face. SLCSE 10th Grade
Healthy Lifestyles Promotes an Increase in Physical Activity Through Outdoor Adventure Is Experiential Education and Stresses Lifetime Activities and Behaviors Creates regular opportunities for students to use the scientific process and interact together with peers on problem solving tasks and activities. Teaches Moral and Performance Character As A Daily Choice Encourages Students To Develop Personally and Work Through Social Challenges Through Team Building and Outdoor Adventure Activities. Challenges Students To Set Goals To Create Life of Noble Purpose and Encourages Volunteerism and Service Teaches All To Develop and Follow a Moral Compass Through Lessons and Activities Designed to Strengthen Character Do Your Best Work Through five lifetime adventure activities, emphasizing physical fitness and skill development in a healthy-risk environment, SLCSE 10th graders begin to change their realities.
Our students learn.... - Basic camping skills, leading to a lifetime of enjoyable opportunities appreciating nature and engaging in meaningful social interaction. - Sport climbing and rappelling in a challenging physical environment that also carries managed "healthy risks" can build self esteem and confidence. Many SLCS students experience outdoor activities for the first time in HL's 10th.

Some transfer those camping skills into physical and emotional survival skills that can strengthen self-confidence and self-esteem. - Mountain biking, including basic bicycle repair and intermediate riding skills and techniques, can promote a healthy active lifestyle and may lead to lifetime physical activity . - Snowshoeing and x-country skiing, physically demanding and highly cardiovascular activities which require very little cost. Activities such as these may provide encouragement to "get outside" on winter days. - Canoeing and Kayaking, paddling can be relaxing, meditative, and physically rewarding. Developing a comfort level on the water could lead to students investigating other water activities and gaining a greater appreciation for outdoor recreation.
They provide a well-rounded curriculum in which to engage students in an outdoor adventure education high school setting.

They utilize natural resources unique to the local environment.

They include opportunities to experience perceived risks and, for this demographic, are fairly unique.

Equipment selection, maintenance, and use are taught in authentic situations where an appreciation for proper care and use is learned.

Trip and activity planning is an integral part of the curriculum.

Students learn to “plan ahead and prepare” with clear ideas of how planning and proper execution and performance yields success. Through this curriculum
students are given an opportunity to
develop character traits, learn outdoor skills and techniques, and challenge their physical and mental capacities. These outdoor adventure activities
were chosen because.. Decrease Risk Factors Increase Protective Factors Strengthen School Connectedness Take for example -
Alien (alas Anthony Fierro) A change of reality.... By Cavett W. Eaton
Student & SLCSE HL's Instructor Thank You! This means that at SLCSE we work to support students - At SLCSE we seek to build - School Connectedness is a Protective Factor NASPE and the CDC recommends school-age children accumulate at least 60 minutes and up to several hours of physical activity per day while avoiding prolonged periods of inactivity. This is accomplished at SLCSE through:
School-based physical education
Before and after school activity options
Classroom-based physical activity
Extracurricular physical activities. Camping




Paddling at the Individual Level
at the Family Level
at the Peer Level
in their Social Environment
(NRPA) Self Esteem
Social/interpersonal Skills
Problem Solving Skills
Parental Relationships
Family Cohesiveness
Positive Peer Relationships
School and Community Connectedness
(NRPA) As a SLCSE faculty we strive to increase Student School Connectedness by -
Providing Adult Support from School Staff
Encouraging Positive Peer Group Association
Emphasizing A Commitment to Education
Providing Welcoming and Safe School Environment
(NRPA) Do the Right Thing The 10th Grade Healthy Lifestyles Curriculum utilizes two USOE designed courses "The Desert Nature" Many SLCSE students, with their parents, have chosen our school because of their unique needs and interests.
The elements of our HL's 10th course offers
a potential shield from the risk factors
they may encounter as they
"change reality" in their
own way.
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