Making the Most of Every Opportunity

“Would you rather spend a week on the beach, or climb a mountain, visit the Redwoods, and meet your favorite celebrity in California?” During our opening launch on Tuesday, everyone decided they would want to travel to California. After considering all of the possible beach adventures however, 3 heroes decided they would actually want to spend the week snorkeling, surfing, building sand castles, and playing volleyball. Whereas the California vacation was already planned with fun activities, they could create their own fun at the beach! The vacation would be as adventurous as they wanted it!
 Like planning a vacation, our heroes are learning that there is planning that goes into having a great learning experience. As our heroes are creating their exhibitions and exploring their topics, they have been creating their own “To Do” lists to help them focus on the things that are important to them and plan for their exhibitions.
In addition to maximizing their project time, our heroes are also working on sticking to their Milestone deadlines. Throughout each session, our heroes have certain dates set in advance to keep them on track with their core skills work, writing progress, and quests. This session, our heroes agreed that it would be fun to celebrate their accomplishments at the end of each week by holding a special activity for all of those who have met the majority of their weekly goals and met all of their weekly milestones (This week that involved meeting 8 out of 11 daily goals, writing a rough draft of a news report, starting their “To Do” lists during project time, and completing their T-shirt designs for Art).
While a few of our heroes felt that the special activity at the end of the week added unnecessary pressure to their learning, the majority of them decided that it would be a nice reward for working hard throughout the week. They also agreed that those who haven’t met their weekly goals and milestones can always use the extra time to complete their goals and then  join in the special activities once it’s completed. This was great motivation for everyone!
Discussion Topics this Week Included:
1. Who will you be like today? Will you be courageous like William Travis (who fought for freedom, risking his life with little chance of winning)? Will you be like William Porter (persevering and walking 8-10 miles a day despite having cerebral palsy), or will you be like Mandy Harvey who persisted and made it to the finals of American Idol (even though she was deaf)?
2. How do you decide what to do first on your “To-Do” list? Do you complete the tasks in order from first to last, do you complete the hardest first, the easiest first, or do you determine which ones you have the resources to complete and focus on those first?
3. How many items on your “To-Do” list did you complete today? If you were to do this everyday for the next 15 days, would you feel ready for The Exhibition? If you could go back in time, what is 1 thing you would have done differently?
4. Which business story most stood out to you: Chick-Fil-A (striving for excellence), Hobby Lobby (using Christian integrity), or Toms (giving back to others)? Why?
5. If you were inventing something new, would you create something practical, or something fun? Why?
6. Where would you consider yourself now on your Hero’s Journey?
7. Out of the following: which best helps you decide if your work is “Excellent’?
  • Comparing it to a “World Class” example
  • Asking a friend for feedback
  • Comparing it to previous drafts and deciding if it has improved
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