Week 13 (2016) -Goal Setting and Vital Aspects of Communication

This week started out with our heroes preparing themselves for Thursday’s exhibition. Nearly everyone felt confident. On Tuesday, we spent some time listening to one another, offering feedback, and talking about the importance of tone, body language, and being conscious of filler words. On Wednesday, we then ran through the exhibition and made last-minute adjustments.

Though our heroes definitely felt more prepared for this exhibition than the last, some of them were nervous, and didn’t feel as if their performances were as good as their practices. Our heroes agreed that practice and experience can help this. They also recognized that it’s helpful to perform just as you practice, and avoid changing things at the last minute.

In addition to our exhibition, our heroes have been working on meeting their session goals (which they set for themselves for the 3 week period) during core skills. While a few heroes decided they needed to stretch themselves farther (after meeting their goals more quickly than thought), there were also a few heroes who failed to meet their goals. While it is important for these heroes to keep a growth mindset (failure is a chance to learn), we are also emphasizing the importance of striving to meet your goals! Next session, we will be addressing the goal-setting process, and what it means to actually achieve your goal. We will be asking the heroes, “Does starting a goal mean that you have achieved it?” and “Why do people set goals for themselves”?

On Friday, the heroes enjoyed a more laid back day. They loved spending time with their siblings (Thank you for making this happen!!), making Christmas ornaments, and assembling bikes through Elves N’ More. We will have the opportunity to deliver these bikes to children on Christmas Eve morning.

A few of our Discussion Topics this week included:

  • When managing your time, is it most helpful to set daily goals or to pay attention to the session map?
  • Are words, tone, or body language the most important aspect of communication?
  • How often do you hear people using filler words such as “um”, “like”, and “ya know”?
  • When did you notice someone being patient this week? What does it mean to “bear with one another in love” (Ephesians 4:2)? Can you memorize this verse?
  • How was preparing for our “Power of Persuasion” exhibition different than preparing for our “Colonial” exhibition?
  • Is it better to perform just as you practice, or improve up til the last minute of your performance?

I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas!!! Blessings!

Week 12 (2016) -Growth Mindset v. Fixed Mindset

Do you have a Growth Mindset? When you fail at something, do you feel bad about yourself, or do you recognize that you’ve just learned something new? If you have a Growth Mindset, you will take on challenges because you believe that if you fail, you can try again. This week, our heroes were challenged to look at their failures as an opportunity to learn. Each hero was asked where he/she failed, and what areas could be challenged even more. I challenge you to embrace the Growth Mindset this week, and to try something difficult with the expectation of learning something new!

Some powerful discussion topics this week  included:
  • What sparks your curiosity?
  • When deciding if your writing is excellent work, is it the most helpful to ask yourself if it is your best or to look at examples of published work?
  • What are ways that you can improve your goal-setting? Your time management?
  • What does it mean to be a “steward” of something?
  • When persuading someone, are words, tone, or body language the most important aspect of communicating?
In addition to working on their session goals this week, our heroes participated in challenges that would prepare them to deliver a persuasive speech at our next exhibition. Some of these challenges included looking at examples of published speeches, communicating thoughts non-verbally (only using body language), participating in several mini-debates, and reviewing basic writing skills such as sentence formation, paragraph structure, and word choice.
It was great to talk with each of your families this week after school! Thanks for your continual partnership on this learning adventure! Hope you all have a wonderful weekend! ?
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Week 11 (2016) – The Power of Persuasion

At Journey Academy, we believe that each hero possesses gifts, talents, and interests that can be used to change the world. Our newest quest, The Power of Persuasion, encourages our heroes to persuade others with these gifts, talents, and interests. Our heroes will be exploring a problem relevant to a unique interest, and will deliver a speech that persuades others to take some sort of action.

Some discussion topics that came up this week include:
  • What is the difference between persuading someone and manipulating someone?
  • Is it more powerful to use pathos (emotion), logos (logic), or ethos (character credibility) to persuade someone?
  • Is it better to persuade someone for individual gain or for communal gain?
  • If you have the power to solve a problem, is it bad not to do anything about it (passivity)?
In addition to launching our new quest, heroes have also set new session goals for themselves. Due to the shorter session period, most heroes decided that they wanted to set larger goals that would help them make significant progress towards one badge (versus setting multiple smaller goals towards lots of badges).
Next week, our heroes will each be explaining their session goals and the progress they are making at our student lead conferences.
A few other highlights this week were:
  • Writer’s workshop was lead by one of our older heroes. This hero did a wonderful job guiding other heroes by asking questions (versus giving answers).
  • 2 guest heroes visited the studio space today! Our heroes welcomed them and did a wonderful job explaining how things work at Journey Academy.
  • Our heroes earned a pajama day for remembering not to ask any questions before trying a solution independently.
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! ❄⛄