We have a tradition at BCS whereby students who perform well academically and have showcased positive habits of working and learning (HOWLs) get an opportunity to go to Brooklyn Boulders to practice rock climbing and then spend the afternoon with free lunch and activities at NYC Outward Bound headquarters. It really is a lot of fun to watch them be challenged in this way and I enjoy going. It's really different when students who perform at a high level get a chance to interact just amongst themselves without distraction from others who might not. I was glad to go and had a lot of fun myself.
I am a math teacher in the New York Department of Education. I infuse technology and real-world problems into my curriculum in order to prepare my students for the future. I would love for people across the country to recognize we teachers can't do it alone. If you don't believe me, come visit my classroom!