Week 10 (2016) -Learning From Challenges, and Thankfulness

The exhibition this week sent some of our young heroes scrambling. On Monday, we reviewed which parts of the project each hero needed to work on the most. We then decided whether limiting distractions or prioritizing from most to least important would help each individual. While a few of our heroes felt they were almost prepared and needed to complete the remaining tasks in order of priority, there were also a few who felt distracted. These heroes thought it would be most important to work alone where they would not be tempted to misuse time.

By Tuesday, some heroes were feeling discouraged. They had set high session goals for themselves, and felt the nearness of the exhibition. After reviewing our “Hero’s Contract”, everyone agreed that the most important line (at this point) was to “Never Give Up”. It was also agreed that it would be better for someone to fail (and learn from it) than to give up (and never try to accomplish the goal). When asked if “Success” was measured by growth or achievement, our young heroes decided that even if someone had already met their session goals, to truly be “Successful”, he/she would continue to find challenge.
On Wednesday, the heroes worked together to define a “quality” education. They  agreed that even if a school had lots of love, fun, a cool slide, and hammocks hanging from the ceiling, it would not be a “quality” school if there wasn’t challenge. Everyone also agreed that in order to have challenge, a hero has to persevere (“Never Give Up”) through difficult tasks.
Thursday was an anxious yet excited day in the studio. There was an intense focus as some heroes were still working on their session goals and preparing for the exhibition. Thankfully, everyone was prepared just in time!
Today marked a great day of reflection time! Our morning launch was centered on the exhibition. A few heroes noted that during the next session, they will need to use the time more wisely to prevent the “last minute scramble”. During the morning launch, our heroes were also given a fake scenario where a student (Phil) was given a project and waited until the last minute to complete it. The students were asked if his mom should be able to help him (finish the project in time to earn a badge). While 1 of our heroes thought the parent should help him to prevent failure, the rest of the heroes agreed that this would not truly teach him how to use his time.
The remainder of the day was not only a time to reflect, but also to be thankful. Our heroes took some time to acknowledge the things in their lives that they are thankful for, and discuss how a thankful heart changes life (a thankful heart is a happy heart). I am so thankful for you and your heroes! I hope you all enjoy your time together this next week!
Quotes from our Heroes this week:
“You learn from challenges and mistakes. If you don’t challenge yourself, you won’t learn.”
“I would help you no matter what! We need to get this done.”
Thanksgiving Break Challenge:
*Try a new food at Thanksgiving Dinner!
*Take a picture of yourself doing something you’ve never done before (maybe making a new recipe, doing a handstand, or playing a new board game).
1 Thessalonians 5:8
Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
Happy Thanksgiving!!!
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