Teacher journal archive (2008-2011)

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Dare to Achieve : a bold curriculum


At Djarragun College, near Cairns in Far North Queensland, an experiential learning program that incorporates adventure activities with a theory component in the Years 8 and 9 curricula is giving Indigenous male students skills and providing positive outcomes. Truancy and disruptive classroom behaviour were key issues with many of the boys, so newly graduated teachers Daniel Hollis and Giovanni Douven created the Dare to Achieve program three years ago. Through experiential learning, the program exposes students to a sequential progression of skills, encouraging them to work interdependently and challenging them physically, mentally and socially through 'dares' to work together through a diverse range of activities. Through the 'dares,' the students learn to set personal goals and discover their identities. One of the most positive outcomes of Dare to Achieve has been its positive impact on classroom dynamics. [Author abstract, ed]

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