Week 17 (2017) – Mock Trial and Navigating Group Work

Our heroes have been working hard to catch the cookie culprit, and just this week, they have come to an agreement that it was…ME! Can you believe it?! In a few short weeks, you will get to see some of the evidences they have collected and decide for yourselves what the outcome should be. Thank you in advance for taking time to act as our Jury at the Exhibition on the 9th of February.
In addition to holding a “Mock Trial” this week, our young heroes have been learning about DNA, and how forensic investigators can use it as a more accurate way to collect evidence. They have put together their own DNA molecules, and have both researched and written an informational piece about it.
In the process of holding a “Mock Trial” and balancing an information-rich DNA project, our heroes have truly been learning what it means to work as a team. During the trial for example, they decided who would play which part(s) (which not everyone was happy about at first), and how much of the script they would follow vs. create on their own. There were times when heroes felt they needed to talk louder to be heard, which turned into great conversation. By the end of the week, our heroes agreed that listening to someone was just as important as sharing an idea, and that they needed a system to ensure that everyone was heard (during a group project).
In addition to working together during the trial, our heroes learned to work together to support teammate’s individual needs. For example, when writing about DNA, our heroes gave each other great feedback and helped each other raise the standard of excellence for what was included.
During Core Skills this week, our heroes continued to focus on supporting one another in goal-setting and achieving. Heroes have been meeting with their running buddies everyday and reporting their progress. Next week, heroes will also be using traffic light colors to help them note what each individual person needs. For example, if someone has a green signal up, they would like some help. However, if a person has a red signal up, they do not wish to be bothered. If a person has a yellow signal up, that means the person doesn’t wish for help, but is also open to helping someone else.

Interesting Discussion Topics this Week Included:

1. Is it EVER okay to tell a lie? What if it was to protect yourself?
2. Would you rather have scientific evidence or know someone’s character well?
3. Would you be willing to give evidence against a good friend? A parent? What if you doubted the accuracy of your evidence?
4. Is it mean to make someone work really hard (from a scene called “The Death Crawl” in Facing The Giants)?
5. How does a trial work? How do the different roles work?
6. Which area can you improve/work on when you set SMART goals (make them more specific, measurable, accurate, realistic, or timely)?
Other Tidbits:
  • Next week Thursday, we will be taking a field trip to R-Athletics from 2-3pm. There is a waiver that needs to be signed and returned (you can send it to Journey Academy) in order to participate. You can find the link to the waiver here. Shout out to the heroes for earning this with their Hero Bucks!
  • We will not be having school on Valentine’s Day due to our February break. However, we will be making cards in the studio to celebrate the gift of friendship!
  • I enjoyed seeing those of you who were able to make it to “The Great Escape Room”! Thanks for making it awesome! 🙂
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