Every three weeks, our students at Loyola Academy of St. Louis (MO) have the opportunity to earn their way into “challenge block,” a quasi-party during the last period of school on Friday. In order to gain entry into challenge block, students must meet the “metric” that was determined three weeks before. The metric can be anything that a large portion of our students need to get a little bit better at. For example, the current metric involves uniform: any student caught out of uniform (i.e., no belt, wrong shoes, untucked shirt) three times between now and the day of challenge, February 10, will not be allowed to attend. Those who do not meet the metric are relegated to the “no-go room,” a much lamer party where they either have an assignment or discuss what led to their failing to meet the metric. Working the no-go room is not enjoyable.
The previous challenge metric was self-determined; students made personal goals related to either behavior, academics, or organization. Those who met their goal made it to the challenge block that took place this past Friday, where they partook in intense games of musical chairs and gorged on popcorn. Below is a video I took of the festivities. Pay close attention to the group closest to the camera; you’ll notice some of my 6th graders throwing a level of swag on musical chairs you’ve never seen.
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