Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


October 18, 2012

DI: problem-solvers

Destination Imagination students this school year have taken the problem-solving competition to a whole new level - and to new competitors. Before the school year started 17 students, from West Elementary, West Middle, Wood Hill Middle, Doherty Middle and Andover High School, created a Destination Imagination-style challenge for West Middle School teachers. Principal Steve Murray divided his entire staff into 12 groups and they attempted the challenge of building towers using specific materials.

Each group had 5 minutes to work on its tower under the watchful eyes of their “student appraisers. Then the students got to play “judge” talking individually with their groups of teachers, and then sharing some feedback publicly with the entire group. “This was such a win-win situation: students sharing a fun moment in a unique way and having the opportunity to provide positive and constructive feedback to their teachers, and teachers interacting with each other in a unique way,” according to DI parent Stephanie Maze-Hsu. “By the time I got home, I had several emails from excited teachers raving about the experience and wanting to include more of this type of hands-on, student driven activity into their curriculum.”

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