Freedom to Explore: Adventures in Learning

Hathaway Brown’s Adventure Learning program is designed to provide a learning environment which gives the girls freedom to explore.  The course and activities provide opportunities to meet the mental and physical needs of each student through adventure-based activities.  It guides them in developing the necessary tools to look beyond their personal boundaries and experience tremendous personal growth.

Adventure Learning gives the girls freedom to try areas where there is no guarantee of success.  The curriculum fosters teamwork, communication, leadership, and risk-taking in a setting uniquely different from academics or athletics.  The adventure based activities allow students to become physically involved in an activity and then, through reflection and processing, transfer their learning back into the classroom and other areas of life.  The challenges and opportunities guide the girls in developing the necessary tools to stretch themselves physically, emotionally, socially and academically and experience tremendous personal growth.

The Challenge Course has become an integral part of the Physical Education curriculum at Hathaway Brown.  The course is utilized by 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, and 9th grades throughout the year.  Students progress from low elements that hone teamwork, trust, and communication skills, to high elements that require skilled belay teams, careful attention to each climber, and exemplify our Learning for Life philosophy.  Our Adventure Learning program has been evolving over the last few decades to provide the best experiential education possible, and continues to grow with our enthusiastic students and expert staff.

Similarly, a new indoor element called the Caterpillar was installed this year, and soon we anticipate adding more features to our indoor rock wall. Our outdoor challenge course contains a mix of classic high elements such as the Burma Bridge and the Two Line, and newer team building elements like the Quadraphenia and Lily Pads.  Several other great elements add to the quality of our challenge course.

So how adventurous is adventure learning?  See for yourself below in this video shot with a high definition camera mounted to a climber’s helmet. Thank you to the students willing to wear the device!

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Dudley Humphrey is a Physical Education Teacher at Hathaway Brown School in Shaker Heights, Ohio.

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