Student Learning Reaches New Heights at BFA High School

Target 2: Leadership in a Student Centered Learning Environment – FWSU will foster development of teacher & student leaders who provide innovative opportunities for local and global student-centered learning.

Action Step – Develop learning habits, communication and problem-solving skills necessary for collaborative learning and leadership.


Students at BFA Fairfax High School practice the BFA Essential Expectations of Problem Solving, Habits of Learning, and Communication as they learn to challenge themselves in Physical Education.  This week in Physical Education students at BFA are learning about rock climbing and are using the climbing wall in the high school gym.

bfagym2Rock Climbing provides a variety of benefits for students beyond physical exercise. It also allows students learn about team work and develop trust in each other as they work together to reach the top of the wall. And it builds self-esteem and confidence too.

bfagym1Physical Education Instructor Nelson Murray has been using the wall for instruction for several years. Nelson has also been part of the transformation of physical education classes at BFA, moving students toward lifetime recreational activities and new fitness trends.

bfagym4The challenge of climbing is not always easy – most things that challenge us are not. However, it does hone communication and problem-solving skills necessary for collaborative learning and leadership. These are 21st century skills that all students will need as they leave our schools and move on to their next challenges of life.

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