ONEKAMA TEACHERS ALREADY
CLIMBING THE WALLS
Although the students’ first day of school is not until Tuesday, the
teachers at Onekama Consolidated Schools have already begun to scale the
This week, in preparation for
the students’ arrival, Onekama teachers received safety training and
instruction on the school’s new climbing wall. The climbing wall, which
was installed in one of the school’s gymnasiums over the summer, was
paid for primarily through grant money. The wall includes two sections:
a low traverse wall, which students can climb without a harness; and a
top-rope climbing tower, which requires the use of safety harnesses.
“Learning about the climbing
wall and how to use it with our students was thrilling,” commented
Onekama Elementary teacher Shantel Niederstadt. “From a very young age,
children enjoy climbing on everything. Being able to literally harness
that creative energy and use it to help students learn core curriculum
content is an exciting prospect.”
More than just an addition to
the physical education program, Onekama teachers are excited about the
potential benefits the climbing wall will provide all students. The
school purchased a Climbing Wall Curriculum Guide, which is full of
ideas on how to utilize the wall in all subject areas. The
specially-designed magnetic surface of the “magna-relief” wall will
allow teachers to use magnetic words, numbers, and letters to direct
students through the course.
Additionally, research has
proven the many benefits a climbing wall can provide, including:
fostering teambuilding skills, promoting trust among peers, heightening
self-esteem, increasing muscular strength and endurance, encouraging
positive risk-taking and creative problem solving, and allowing students
to establish and achieve long and short term goals.
And, of course, the climbing wall is fun and exciting. Just ask the
teachers at Onekama School.
Onekama teachers Nathan Bradford,
Thomas Bromley, along with a guest, make their way across the wall.
One Onekama student gets a head start
climbing the wall.