- 1. Our JourneyGrade 9 Week Without Walls
By: Jennifer Whetter
2. Rock Climbing
3. Rock climbing: (Main ESLR we worked on: Complex thinking)
Rock climbing is one of the only activities that did not require
team work for you are not rock climbing in groups but it really
required complex thinking on the spot. If you went up one way, then
you got stuck, you had to use complex thinking and either find a
different route or use complex thinking to find different holds.
While climbing, you also had to have the knowledge or somehow gain
the knowledge on where to put your weight to conserve your energy.
It was only the second time I had climbed on real rocks and other
than that I had not climbed since 5th grade. I was a bit nervous at
the beginning, and it took me a while to get to the top, but I
finally made it to the top after many obstacles. This was my
biggest accomplishment of the trip.
Main ESLR we worked on: Personal management, Collaboration
To get anything done in our group for caving we had to work
together as a group by each doing our role. On a personal level we
had to have good personal management and take our role seriously in
order for collaboration to work. For me, caving was not one of the
best things we did because I am very paranoid about bugs yet I love
to explore. This was something that me uncomfortable that I
overcame. I overcame the challenge of being scared of bugs because
of the fact that I was so excited to explore new things and that I
was not scared of getting muddy I just wanted to have a good time.
The pros of the experience outweighed the cons.
6. School Service
7. Main ESLR we worked on: Global citizenship, Collaboration
The preparation for school service and the actual pursuing of the
teaching tested many of our ESLRs. The preparation forced us to
have good personal management in order to get everything done. It
especially tested Madyson and I because we took the leadership
roles and had to make sure everyone was on task and knew what to
do. Preparing and actually teaching tested our tolerance for each
other and collaboration because we had to work together to create a
lesson and we had to work together actually teaching. For example,
if Roy was teaching, but the kids were not as engaged as they
should be, everyone else should take the initiative to jump in and
help him. Global citizenship is the most obvious ESLR, of course,
because we were putting ourselves out there and helping those in
As for a personal reflection, this was definitely something that
made me the most uncomfortable, especially taking the leadership
role. My personality is not loud and out there which made it hard
to get people to listen to me, and made it uncomfortable to be
strict. I slowly started to overcome this as the morning went on by
realizing that we were not getting anything done and that I had to
take control. Overall, the teaching experience was definitely worth
it and I definitely got new respect for my teachers.
At the end of the morning SIS presented a computer and other
supplies to the school. Although my group did not get to do our
fundraising activity, this showed me how much SIS as a whole had
really helped the local Qing Yuan school.
Main ESLRs we worked on: Communicating effectively
Biking was very painful! But, the scenery was definitely worth it.
It was absolutely beautiful! One of the thinking I noticed we
worked on was yelling out to the person behind us that there was a
ditch or a huge puddle. I think I did a pretty good job on this
accept one time when there was a huge ditch, but it was way out of
the way. I thought that Madyson would notice it, but I looked back
a few seconds later and she was lying in the ditch with her bike
over top of her struggling to get up.It was actually really funny,
but I decided to go help her up then we laughed about it together
10. Team Building
11. Team Building
Main ESLR we worked on: Working Collaboratively
One of the main team building activities we did was building a
catapult. Of course, hence the name, we worked on working
collaboratively. I believe my group worked extremely well together,
when one person gave an idea, all people considered it. Although we
did not come up with an amazing design, the way we worked together
made it effective.
12. Pan Family House
13. Main ESLR we worked on: Personal management
The scenery at the Pan family home was breath taking. We stopped at
the top lookout of the house and did a sketch and a sound scape.
Although getting there was not the best, and I would have
definitely loved to do something else instead, the scenery of the
fields, village and caste towers were amazing. This tested our
personal management because it required us to be respectful of the
Chinese culture no matter our opinion.
Pan Family House
15. Main ESLR we worked on: working collaboratively
The main activity we did while camping was building a tent. This
tested my groups collaboration to the extreme. I got extremely
frustrated, and through the actions and what others said I could
tell the others were to. No one was listening to others ideas and
the gods were just not on our side. The rough journey made it a lot
more pleasing when the tent was done because I was happy that we at
least had a shelter.