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Valerius Students Are “Breaking Out With Confidence”

What do solving puzzles, deciphering codes, and rearranging positive messages all have in common? They’re part of the fun, engaging, and meaningful activities Valerius Elementary 5th grade students participated in during their self-awareness unit in guidance. Valerius Counselor Liz Donner developed the “Breaking Out With Confidence” activity as a way to promote self-confidence. Similar to “breakout rooms,” students were given the opportunity to work together as a team to solve challenging puzzles and complex codes. Students would complete one puzzle and then move on to the next; the segments were timed and teams competed with each other to “break out” or finish all of the puzzles before time ran out. Students learned they could achieve difficult things by working together toward a common goal. 

“I liked this activity because it challenged me and I worked with Stella instead of on my own,” said Valerius 5th grade student Zoey C. 

Helping each other overcome obstacles, searching for viable answers, and encouraging one another to keep going are all important life skills that were strengthened during this fun-filled activity. Many thanks to Valerius Counselor Liz Donner for this terrific activity that brought learning to life! Well-done! #empoweringU

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