Here are some challenges Tom (ledge man) faced, followed by the replication:
Height No way to replicate 11 stories high in my classroom and not kill a kid :(
Fear There is a tape ledge in front of the room...being in front of your peers is scary!
Cold My box fan, on high
Dark A blindfold with some mesh for partial visibility
Vertigo Spin around 10 times before you give it a try!
Oh, my. It was an incredible thing to behold. Many of the students throughout the day took my challenge and tried to walk my ledge. The premise was they had to walk down 15 feet without touching the tape, and the tape ledge was a little less that the width of a man's foot, up against the wall. It seems like last year after we did this activity, I had them eating out of my hands. And, what a fun day for me! I am making friends instead of my enemies out of my class members. They are seeing each other attempt something grand and supporting that attempt. It was such a fabulous day, seeing my students in this regard. Even more so, I know that they will remember the gist of this story for a long time. Teaching rocks.