Discussions this week included:
- How many times should a person revise their work to make it more excellent? In what ways can you improve your rockets to make them world-class material?
- What is more important to maintaining a positive culture in a community: having freedom or having close friends?
- What lines should be added to the Hero’s Contract? What lines should be removed?
- Is it more helpful to receive a compliment or constructive feedback? Why?
- If every day were a jelly bean, there would be about 23,400 jelly beans in your lifetime jar. What would you consider the most important way to spend your jelly beans? Achievements? Investing in relationships? Or are achievements and relationships of equal value?
- Our creative heroes decided they wanted to reward those in the studio who continually strive to take more ownership of their education by using the tools in our studio. As a result, our heroes all contributed their favorite songs to a playlist, and vote 1 person who really stood out during the day to play a song during Studio Maintenance.
- 3 heroes earned new badges this week!!
- What is the most important part of working as a team (Every member performing his/her role with integrity, communication, or compatibility)? How could the teamwork have been improved to prevent the Apollo 1 flash fire from taking the lives of 3 astronauts?
- What was Amelia Earhart’s Call to Adventure? Who was her mentor? What trials did she go through? How did she change the world? What adventure are you on right now?
- Who are some of your heroes?
- If you had the opportunity to travel to the International Space Station tomorrow, would you?
- When you hear of a hero’s story, are the trials more encouraging to you…or hearing how the hero changed the world? Why?
During our next discussion, our heroes discussed the culture they were creating in the studio. Everyone agreed that in order for Journey Academy to have a culture where everyone could learn and have fun, project time needed to improve. The matter of “How” was the question. “How” could the heroes cultivate a culture where people listened to one another, cooperated, and participated in making a great rocket? How could they make sure they created an environment where everyone treated each other with warm-hardheartedness (kindness and compassion) while still being tough-minded (holding each other to high standards). The answer was simple: they needed to own the process.
- Emma Dizon was able to join us for the day on Monday. Our heroes enjoyed having an older hero in the studio!
- The field trip to the Air Zoo was a great learning experience! Our heroes got the chance to explore planes, learn more about aerodynamics, and learn about the history of rocket science!
- We have now built a total of 4 different kinds of rockets for the Rocket Science Quest!
Interesting discussion topics this week included:
- How would you describe the culture of Acton Academy based on the following clip (A Day in The Life)? How would you describe the culture of your community at Journey Academy? What ideas did you gain from Acton that could add value to the culture here at Journey Academy? In what ways is our culture unique and special?
- What process is the MOST important to the flow of our studio at Journey Academy (Socratic Discussions, conflict resolution, hero bucks, core skills, project time, the hero’s journey, project time, badges, or character call-outs)?
- Is it better to show warm-heartedness (compassion), tough-mindedness (sticking to the rules), or a mixture of both? How can you apply this to your relationships with other heroes?
- How have you managed your group’s money throughout the Rocket Science Quest? How can you ensure that your group will have enough money to “buy” supplies throughout the quest?
- Is it better to confront someone when you feel he/she is not acting with kindness, or avoid that person?
- Which experiments have you tried this week that produced a chemical reaction? How could you tell it was a chemical reaction?