My last blog post was all about how we changed up our House League system this year – FOR THE BETTER! With this post, I will continue to show you how we kick started our year off on the right collaborative foot!
Day 2 of our House League kick-off was just as fun as the first! A school wide activity was planned for the students – with the goal of having all students and teachers, regardless of their age, work together to build a LEGO logo for their House Teams. The planning of this activity required the attention, help, and creativity of all the teacher leaders… from separating lego into 80 zip-loc bags to breaking down teams within teams, to making sure that 220 students had unique riddles to solve… it was a gigantic team effort to get this part of the activity organized!
The second afternoon of House League activities required the help of all team leaders. Each team leader had to come up with 2 riddles – 1 about them personally and the other about a place around the school. Each team leader and place had a bag of LEGO (which corresponded to the House Colour that each team represented). The students were placed into groups within their groups and were given their very first riddle to solve in the gym. From then on, it was every House Team for themselves! You would think that 220 students running around the school would be total chaos… but it was a delight to see everyone working together to solve the riddles and find their way around the school. This was a perfect way for new students to get to know the teachers and the layout of the school!
Once the teams collected their 4 bags of LEGO, they returned to their meeting place to build their House Logo for the year.
Each House Team had a time limit of 20 minutes to build their House Logo. The flutter of activity was enormous – and everyone had a chance to add their own personal touch to the logo. At the end of the time limit, upper level students presented the logos for their House Teams to the rest of the school. Let me just say that we were BLOWN AWAY by the incredible amount of creativity, imagination, and collaboration that went into making each of the logos.
One of the best parts of this activity was seeing my former 3’s, now in Grade 5 and 6, taking real leadership roles when it came to this 2 day event. I loved seeing how they made sure that their groups stayed together, I loved seeing how they facilitated the brainstorming sessions for the building of their logos, and I was so impressed by how they took care of their younger schoolmates. My heart was busting with pride watching everyone – teachers and students – come together for this amazing activity.
It is our goal to have 1 house activity per month for the school year. I cannot wait to see what the next House League activity will be!
Have a great day!