DECEMBER: Inclusion


This month, our ADL lessons centered around accepting others. The 7th and 8th graders  learned about the Diversity Iceberg (read the blog located on the "7th & 8th Grade Group" page for more information), which is a diagram depicting the difference between a person's purely physical appearance and the important components of their identity. 

Along with our ADL lessons in our 7th and 8th grade groups, the Peer Team wanted to emphasize the importance of inclusion in a team building activity. In the gym, the 7th and 8th grade students came together in their directed study groups to complete a team-oriented task. Located in the middle of a rectangular area were 25 items (tennis balls, cones, a frisbee, etc).  The goal of the game was to remove every item from the center of the rectangle in the shortest amount of time.


  1. Each person needs to grab at least one item. 
  2. The groups can not grab items in a pattern (going around the circle, going every other person, etc.)
  3. Only one person can be within the boundaries at a time.

The 7th and 8th graders tackled this challenge immediately. They had to work together as a team without talking, and many groups were able to develop methods to solve the challenge. 

Congratulations to Mrs. Barrett's directed study (7th Grade) and Mr. Salzmann's directed study (8th Grade) for having the fastest times!