It’s almost here!!! This Friday, February 9th, one of my all-time favorite events begins!! The Winter Olympics! I absolutely love the Olympics, Winter or Summer, I don’t care! I love the competition and cheering on the athletes from my country. I love the personal stories of people overcoming great odds to compete. It is inspiring for me to see people dedicate their lives to something.
You know I’m a big fan of bringing real-life events into the school, so why not bring the Olympics into your school? For the next few weeks, the Olympics will be on everyone’s mind. Get into the spirit of the games and create your own school Olympics.
Design a variety of competitions in both technical skills and business skills. Categories might include:
Be sure to include a few categories that your newer students can compete in, such as a basic haircut or blow-dry style. This will give everyone an opportunity to complete regardless of how long they have been in school.
Determine what events you want to allow students to compete in and then identify when those competitions will take place. Hold an opening and closing ceremony and have some fun with it. You can even find the Olympic theme music on YouTube and play it at the start of each day to really get them in the spirit!
Create all the rules and guidelines ahead of time, so student competitors know exactly what to expect. Decide how each competition will be judged. You can make the judging more subjective, meaning the judges are looking for Balance, Form, Creativity, Design, or Control. Or you can choose to make it more objective by creating detailed steps they must follow (like state board exams). Whichever way you go, create score sheets for judges to use.
Award Gold, Silver and Bronze winners (1st, 2nd, and 3rd.) You can come up with your own awards or certificates, or buy medals from Amazon, Oriental Trading Company or most likely any dollar store.
This will take a little time to set up on your end, but it will be worth it as there will be great energy, spirit of competition and engagement in your school. Make sure it is fun and not stressful, friendly competition and not cut-throat. Remember one of the greatest parts of the Olympic Games is being there. It is nice to win, but it is about taking part and enjoying the atmosphere.
Let the games begin!