Why Challenging Students Is Important

Challenging student mindsets outside the classroom

Ben Duggan

“This is boring, horrible, quite possibly worse than hell! Why would you make us do this?”

Recently I joined 130 of my year 7 students on their camp in Jindabyne. During the three day adventure, we took the students and climbed up to the top of Mount Kosciuszko in the Snowy Mountains.

Camping 1

While many of the students relished in the opportunity to be outside of the school gates and in the ‘wild’, some found it quite difficult.

I was constantly surprised by a small group of students who I spent most of the camp alongside. Throughout the camp they complained, finding it very frustrating, and at some points overwhelming.

The aspects of camp students found most challenging included the cold night we spent in tents – camping in the cold along the bank of a river in Kosciuszko National Park, cooking our own food, walking up the mountain and being very wet and…

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