Well, it’s that time of year again: fort building season! This is one of my favourite times of the year because it is so fun to watch our students play at recess time. They are busy rolling snow into boulders, packing it into bricks, cutting big chunks of it out of the snow piles that surround the parking lot, and transporting their new found building materials on sleds over to their half-built forts. It is so much fun.
But there is more to it than that. I am always so impressed with the collaboration and teamwork that is required in such operations. To build a truly amazing fort requires a truly amazing team effort. I’m not sure if you have ever tried cutting large chunks of snow out of a snow pile, but it isn’t easy. Pull too quickly and your boulder breaks. If your team doesn’t push the snow together, evenly… it breaks. The margin for error is pretty small. Really, the only way to be successful is to work together, communicate well and trust each other. Pretty cool things to be learning at recess time.