Olympians can be great models for young students. Many of our elementary classrooms have been closely following the Winter Olympics in 2018. The excitement of daily medal counts and the different countries represented have consumed many morning meeting discussions.
As part of the celebration of the 2018 Winter Olympics, students in STEM class at GEMS accepted the challenge of creating a snowboard and figure that can successfully board the mountain for the entire run. More events such as Outdoor Olympics for students, a school assembly, and the presentation of the flame are planned in the coming days.
Classrooms have also been talking about character traits of Olympians and have been observing the connections between athletes and students, noticing the similarities for being successful in life.
Questions like “What does it take to be an Olympian?” or “What do you have to do to be a successful student?” are being discussed in the classroom.
Students have determined that focus, dedication, and a belief in yourself are common character traits shared by successful athletes and students. Commitment to living a healthy lifestyle and trying your best are also important qualities, whether you are an Olympian at the Winter Games or a student at GEMS.
The Olympic flag features a white background with five interlaced rings at the center: blue, yellow, black, green, and red. This design is symbolic; it represents the five continents of the world united by Olympism, while the six colors are those that appear on all the national flags of the world at the present time. It is truly an engaging time of learning for our students.