Journey Academy heroes embrace their freedom, keeping in mind the true source of our freedom as we have read in Galatians 3, the promise of God through our faith in Jesus. During our Socratic discussions, the heroes affirmed their choice to believe that Jesus lives in us, and so to act like Jesus.
So when given choices such as:
Would you like your friends to tell you the truth even though it would make you sad? Or would you like your friends to not tell you the truth so you would feel good about yourself?
… They all decided that they would rather have their friends tell them the truth because they believed their friends are trying to help them make better choices.
How do you feel when a friend is better at something than you? Would stay away from them? Or learn from them?
…. All but one believed they could learn from their friends, thus convincing the one that learning would be better than walking away with the assurance that this choice would help them improve themselves.
What do you do when you make mistakes? Try again? Try something different? Ask someone to help you?
… Although they differed in their choices, they all agreed that their mistakes would not hinder them from attaining their goals.
And the heroes are true to their word, for they have demonstrated and proved, on several occasions in the past, to genuinely make these choices with a strong growth mindset.
Our heroes increase their motivation to learn because they have the freedom to make choices. And it’s no surprise that being 21st-century learners and digital natives, our early learners choose to reap the benefits of digital learning. They crave for the abundant resources accessible to them through technology, as they work on core skills on Lexia or Dreambox, peruse countless books on Epic, Starfall, or Kids a-z, discover deep sea creatures in the Mariana Trench from the National Geographic website, and build a submarine and a submersible based on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Ocean Explorer. Technology empowers our heroes to develop skills in becoming self-directed independent learners. Even at an early age, they are able to manage projects, which they often create for themselves without adult input, while taking the responsibility to improve their work, assist and lead others, and produce results that exceed expectations.
As we continue our Marine Science Quest, our heroes were enamored with deep-sea explorations that they decided they needed to build their very own submarine to further probe the ocean zones. They were determined to equip it with windows to view the ocean creatures and a periscope to replicate the submarine they found in their research and to make sure it could withstand the pressure that awaits them in the depths of the ocean.
Recreating symbiotic relationships in the ocean using modeling clay and recycled materials drew creativity, artistry, and resourcefulness from our heroes. They were overflowing with ideas and eagerness to materialize what they have learned and envisioned during our marine explorations.
Throughout the Marine Science Quest, our heroes are determined to make a positive impact on the ocean. They were inspired after talking to Dr. Mike Gil from the National Science Foundation during a video call from the University of California, who told them astounding stories about his adventures as a marine biologist. They have also been very passionate about helping keep our oceans clean by reusing many materials for our projects. Ms. Lauren from the Kent County Department of Public Works helped the heroes watch our waste.
As we reached the end of the third chapter in Galatians, at the end of week 3 of the Marine Science Quest, our heroes were encouraged and inspired believing that we are all children of God, not because of our good works and efforts, but through faith in Jesus (Galatians 3:26). All the heroes agreed that children of God “act nice, help others, and most importantly, love their enemies.” And as children of God, the heroes resolved to persevere and never give up by putting in more effort to improve their work and themselves, learning from mistakes and from friends, and celebrating both successes and failures.