Bouldering and Me
How often do I plan to go bouldering and why?
I intend to go every weekend until the end of the term. I predict each a session will last a couple of hours or until I am absolutely exhausted and unable to move, which ever comes first. I will go to my first bouldering session this weekend with my fellow cohort member, George, who is familiar with the sport. Weekends are best because I will not have the time to during the week to go because of the demands from clinical practice, coursework, and EdTPA evaluations.
How will I represent what I learned from this experience?
Moving forward, I intend to use this blog to document my experiences such as techniques, lessons, and challenges encountered. Also, the blog posts will have a section dedicated to a particular muscle group that is developed through this exercise. I want to add the muscle group section because I will be teaching a new course called Human Biology which combines human anatomy and physiology next week for the new trimester in my clinical practice. I want to find some way to incorporate what I've learned here into the classroom space for my students.
But why bouldering?
While I could have pursued other forms of physical activity, I like the idea of bouldering because it reminds me of my childhood when I climbed trees and play equipment on the schoolyard. I want to recapture this sense of play and fun through this activity because much of our reading in coursework from the credentialing program discusses the need for creativity and divergent thinking. Many educational experts and authors such as Ken Robinson tout the need for creativity and play to be incorporated into education which harkens back to our experiences as children.
Children are masters of divergent thinking and use play to make sense of the massive influx of new information they experience. This experience will be a wholly new one, and I hope to have much fun while doing it.