Well, the first week of school is behind us and we are up and running. The kids are excited to start advancing and earning their belts. The entire first week of school we did absolutely no math in class. We spent the entire week building the culture within the dojo. For me, that’s the most important thing…the culture. We did many different activities and challenges relating to one of the several learning styles. I gave them the Gardner Multiple Intelligence test and discussed what each intelligence means. This was to really show that some people learn very differently, some people are strong in some areas and have challenges in others. I then grouped them in groups of 7-8 with a mixture of each intelligence. This was their team for the week. All of the challenges we they faced involved a strength is a specific intelligence from singing, knot tying and untying, ligic problems and drawing. It was great to see the kids who have a hard time shining in a typical class setting really take the reigns in some of the challenges and vice versa with the kids who typically shine. After each challenge we debriefed the outcome and discussed how the team preformed as a team. Everything has a purpose! By the end of the week, each team learned to rely on the strengths of each other and completely gelled by the weeks end. Tuesday they were ready to start Judo Math. More to come as the weeks roll on!