Today was our first CL day of the school year. It was an eccentric and gratifying day since everybody was so excited about it. The theme of the day was positive attitude and team building. The teams all showed positive attitude trying their best at things like zip-lining, repelling, archery, communication and critical thinking games. Even if some of us were afraid to participate, we all persevered and never gave up! We showed team building by encouraging each other. When we played games, we all strategized and gained success as a result. If we hadn’t motivated each other, I personally wouldn't have been able to do some of the activities.
The three essential questions of the day were "Why are some teams more effective than other?", "Who or what makes a good leader?" and "What does caring look like in a team?" Some of the teams were more effective than other teams because some people motivated and cheered their teammates, which gave some people including me the courage to do some of the activities. For example, during one game when a bottle and a cap got stuck, my team went and got it even if it wasn’t theirs which showed that we were a good team and cared for each other. Other teams might not have been that effective because they might have not encouraged or motivated there teammates as much as they should have.
I think a good leader is a person who takes the responsibility seriously and shows interest in their team. A good leader will make sure everything is going fine and that everyone has a chance to do the activity and that they know where they should be.
A caring team is a team which supports and motivates other people to do the activity and not give up. The team doesn't fight a lot and respects one another. They don't make fun of a person just because he/she can't do a particular activity. The team should also include everybody in the activity. Our team was a very caring team because we motivated each other throughout the day, respected one another and didn't humiliate a person just because they didn't do a particular activity. During the activities, we let everybody try and then only went for a second round if we had time.
I throughly enjoyed the day, and I think everyone did a fantastic job by achieving both themes of the day. I really enjoyed our first CL day and I am looking forward to the next one.
by Ananya Sanyal