Climbing is the ultimate metaphor about life... the "magic" seems to be in the perceived nature of risk involved with the climb... ironically, the fears we all have about failing are met face-to-face there on the wall... through incremental risk-taking via the various wall "problems" we learn to ask for help, develop trust, accept challenge by choice, break through mental, physical and emotional barriers, and rely on the personal powers that we learn to summon to meet challenge and successfully overcome self-imposed barriers. The beauty of this activity is that we can all relate to it. As children, we all were climbers... first by one-stepping furniture, then progressing to stairways, and eventually graduating to the backyard oak trees. The climbing wall invites students to revisit their childhood and "climb" the new challenges presented in the "new curriculum" of the 21st Century.
Elementary Physical Education East Grand Rapids Public Schools