Collaborative Games and Taking Initiative

During the first day of school in grade 10, the full grade got to play these fun mini-games. Some of these games demanded the full group to be involved in order to accomplish the goal of the game.

For example, in of one of the games we played, we had to tangle ourselves by standing in an enclosed circle and holding the hands of peoples across and around you, and once everybody was holding someone’s hands, we had to untangle ourselves without letting go. This was a unique and challenging experience because if one person decides to do something, everybody else would get effected. In order to prevent everybody from moving around and falling over, we had to coordinate ourselves.

I saw this as a good opportunity to take the leadership role to calm the full group down in order to figure out the best way to approach the situation. Once everybody had concentrated, the game became much easier. I told someone to step over another person, and from their, the full group understood how to untangle each other, and in a relatively short amount of time, we were able to untangle ourselves while holding on to each other the full time. All it took was some initiative and collaboration.



How do my actions affect others?

I believe that every action you make can have some effect on others, whether if you say you like something someone doesn’t like, or if you do something that makes someone hurt on the inside, every action you make can have a chain reaction and hurt people you didn’t intend to hurt or didn’t even know you could hurt.

If everybody suddenly starts unintentionally hurting somebody, that somebody would not like it and will have no choice but to isolate him/herself.

Corner Kick in Football – Is it impossible?

The corner kick in football is almost impossible. This is because in order to perform it, you need to take into account the power, finesse, and the science. You can hit the ball straight which makes it go forward, you can hit it from the bottom so it goes up. But the tricky part is hitting it in the direction you want it, and then moving your foot from one panel on the football to another so it gets that spin, which makes the ball turn back, into the goal.

The science behind it is called the Magnus Effect, and that is basically the force from the air applied on the moving ball which causes the swerve motion.

Here’s a video explaining how corner kicks are done more in-depth.

One athletic talent I feel we don’t recognize enough is being able to understand all aspects of performing a trick, such as the science and physics behind it. For example, if you want to throw a basketball in a hoop, instead of just understanding the correct form on how to shoot, also you have to understand how the force you put and the angle you aim at are two big factors which affect the outcome, and also if any spin is applied that will change the outcome as well.