Gotham Avenue fifth-graders participate in teambuilding
Gotham Avenue School fifth-grade teachers are leading teambuilding exercises with the entire fifth-grade class to build relationships with students across different classrooms.
The group recently headed to the field behind the school and gathered in a circle. One by one, each student shared their name and an action with their peers. Everyone, including teachers, then repeated the child’s name and the action they demonstrated. Some students showed off a dance move, while others waved, did a thumbs-up or other friendly hand gesture. They also practiced their newly minted “Be A STAR (Students Together Acting Responsibly)” motto.
According to fifth-grade teacher Valerie Walker, she, along with her other teaching cohorts, Patricia Obanhein, John O’Donnell and Meredith Wollweber, came together to offer teambuilding as a way to bridge gaps between students to create a kinder, more respectful environment. Students will also take part in the Second Step Program, a social-emotional learning curriculum that helps create supportive, successful learning environments.
Students enjoyed the exercise and smiled as they learned the names of new friends.
- Gotham Avenue School fifth-grader Alana Dasrath made a heart with her hands after introducing herself to her peers.
2. Gotham Avenue School fifth-grader Tahseen Islam gave his peers a thumbs up.
3. Gotham Avenue fifth-grader Aidan Peterkin danced the “Running Man” as Assistant Principal William Mingo, teacher John O’Donnell and peers (from left): Muahid Rahim, Alex Zelaya Flores and Layden Calder looked on.
4. Gotham Avenue School fifth-graders Donnivin Jones and Samantha Sciammarella showed off their dance moves after saying their names.
5. Gotham Avenue fifth-graders are pictured with their teacher after a recent teambuilding exercise.
6. Gotham Avenue School fifth-graders (from left): Aparna Amin, Joseley Jean and Yalisah Lozada are pictured in front of the fifth-grade motto.