If you’re stuck wondering what to blog about, I’d suggest listing some things you’re proud of or enjoyed from the first half of the school year, some things you think we’re doing really well as a community, and some things you would like to see us get better at when we come back in 2016. That’s what I’ll be doing 😉 Happy blogging!
Abby wrote a new post, Kid Imagines the Final Battle Between Horace and Seth, on the site Offerings 4 years, 2 months ago
I’ve had a few nice, quiet, and fun days in the city with just @jacobcb, @timotree, @shadowjack, @likeaboss, @lillaw, and @abram (today @ninablanco and @headsintheclouds, too). In a small, make-shift spawn point we’ve revived the counting game where we collectively jump-in count to 10. We’ve also done a little sonic meditation each day; sometimes…[Read more]
Abby wrote a new post, Of course you won’t be bored over the break, but just in case…, on the site Offerings 4 years, 8 months ago
“Douglas, weren’t you paying attention!?!”
Sometimes South Africa really looks like Ireland… or New Zealand. Ah, Geoguessr, how frustrating you are. We scored sub-10k safaris again this week, but with some really tough locations. Still not sure of the outcome of ALC Mosaic’s challenge against our original 5 locations, but the ALCNYC Crew (@ryanshollenberger, @abbyo, @jacobcb, @shadowjack, and the “magic finger” of @douglasawesome) beat Mosaic’s challenge by a mere few hundred points. Our big score was nailing a southern Minnesota location that Mosaic believed to be in the vicinity of St. Louis.
[Our successful challenge of Mosaic’s score]
Here’s a photo tour of our 5 locations that we challenged Mosaic with:
@jacobcb and Javair joined me today for the trails. Here’s where we went (starting with a random article)…
Leung Chii Lin —> Beijing—>Traditional Chinese Medicine—>Pathology—>Necrosis
Nina wrote a new post, Painting, Pasta, Parent Interest Night, and Past = Present, on the site Agile Adventures of Nina Blanco 4 years, 10 months ago
As I slooowly begin to think about attempting to maybe one day utilize my digital Kanban board known as Trello to easily look back on all the wonderful things I get to do every week, here are some juicy reflections over the past few. How in the multiverse could I have forgotten to share these fun-filled, creative-juice-inducing, satiating activities with you? Forgive me.
This piece here was created through a technique called drip painting. Artists: Askani, Taina, Eva, and myself
My friend, Eva, came in a couple of weeks ago and offered to facilitate this activity; it was filled with imaginative role playing, creative collaboration, feminine forces, animal energies, explosions, brains, a cupcake, a blue cat, the last breaths of a grandmother wolf, and an eagle with three eggs. Big thanks to Askani @thewitchqueen908, Taina @pinkpanda, and Eva for gifting me with such a fulfilling experience.
Check out my epic battle scar! Taina @pinkpanda, has been practicing her make-up artist skills. I’ve given her free rein over my face as her blank canvas.
For our Comic Con field trip, she painted a version of Two-Face on me (photo coming soon, if I remember to ask @abbyo for it!). Because of this, Jacob @jacobcb was inspired to create a meme of me. Love it!
Huge thanks to my friend, Marian, who came in to offer her passion for cooking earlier this week. Check out Taina @pinkpanda, Lescot @legolad22, and Thanos @kingthanos–the super team of sous chefs! We made veggie ravioli from scratch… whaaaat?! Amazing.
Extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
Bay leaves, thyme, peppercorns
Chop onion, celery and carrots to a small dice
Heat medium sauce pan with canola oil
Sweat down on slow heat
Add 1 tablespoon tomato paste, caramelize
Deglaze with water or white wine
Add water and aromatics (thyme, bay leaf, peppercorns)
Bring to a boil and down to a simmer for about 45 min
Form volcano with flour
Crack egg inside volcano
Mix and add EVOO and water until sticky (but not wet) consistency
Roll on floured surface
Cut out ravioli shapes
Fill with *ricotta cheese and **egg-wash edges
Fold and seal
Bring whole milk and heavy cream (3:1) to a boil on medium heat
Add lemon juice until it curdles
Season with salt and pepper to taste
Strain through cheese cloth
Mix 1 egg with 2 tablespoons of water
BUON APPETITO !
Our second parent interest night (PIN) happened on Thursday. Listening to the questions of curious parents is something I’m learning so much from in terms of preparing myself for the kinds of questions I’ll need to be ready to answer in establishing an ALC on Oahu. It’s been a significant experience for me to hear the answers of our facilitators as well as parents of our own kids who were present to support in sharing their own testimonies and enthusiasm for the space we provide for young people.
It’s always inspiring to listen to @tomis, @abbyo, and @ryanshollenberger‘s responses to parent questions and concerns. Time and time again, I sense the internal and external challenges of parents/adults with trusting children. As I know very well, as Ryan mentioned at this event, and as quoted by John Holt:
“Trust Children. Nothing could be more simple, or more difficult. Difficult because to trust children we must first learn to trust ourselves, and most of us were taught as children that we could not be trusted.”
I’m in the mood to travel a bit farther back…
I’ve been journaling since age 9 or 10. It’s something I personally consider immensely therapeutic. In retrospect, I see and know it as a very necessary processing tool for self-reflection toward deeper self-awareness. Over the past year or two, I’ve been journaling less for therapeutic purposes and more for setting intentions, stating desires and noting synchronicity after synchronicity. Here are a few short excerpts from two entries, which I just now realize, sit EXACTLY a year apart from each other. Whoa.
Ohh, the idealism. I wonder what I’ll be writing on March 23rd of 2015. Hopefully that I’ll have received an abundance of financial support, local resources, local interest/support in this vision, and physical space to establish ALC Oahu. Or better.
Beyond thrilled and thankful to be on the path I’ve chosen for myself.
I was so busy Monday morning with new visiting students, facilitating set-the-week meeting, and getting ready for our trip to Swing-a-ring that I didn’t get to blog about my weekly intentions. Despite that fact, I’m going to reflect on them now to the best of my ability.
Tuesday went as Tuesday usually does- fast and in a flurry of wikis and virtual travel around the globe. We also had an interesting philosophy discussion today about the origins of Halloween. We discussed how it was/is celebrated in other countries, as well as why humans choose to celebrate a “day of the dead” (i.e. is it really for the benefit of the dead or the living).
Wednesday and Thursday I played Chronology with @shadowjack and @timotree. I won a close battle against @timotree on Wednesday after @KingThanos and @shadowjack #attentionspanquit and #ragequit respectively.
On Thursday, some of the kids took a trip (organized by @jacobcb) to see Dracula: Untold. I stayed back and watched a documentary about Notch, Mojang, and the making of Minecraft (see it here: http://vimeo.com/96955900).
Today I did some work on the Star Wars group, including making my first meme and posting some of my favorite clips from the films:
Til next week agilillies!
But really. It’s my favorite month. Leaves are changing, I get to wear sweaters, apples and chrysanthemums are everywhere…I also might love spookiness and Halloween, as @jacobcb noticed and meme’d. OH! And we’ve […]
When my cousin mentioned that the Brooklyn Museum had just opened a new exhibit called “Killer Heels,” I heard FIELD TRIP! But would kids interested in more than high heels come?
There is some definite failure to declare around my weekly intentions…
The enchanting went really well, the hedge, not so much. I would say we got about 60% done with our hedge-fence. It is turning out to be really huge (approximately 20 blocks tall in some spots) and will encompass all of Minetown. I also learned a few valuable lessons about the nature of leaf blocks- you can’t place torches and ladders on them…
*A note on Minecraft in general—-> I have decided to take a week off from craftin’. I’m not doing this because I have changed my mind about MC value- I still think there is a huge amount, even “educational” value in the mainstream sense- but simply need a week away from the cube. I have noticed we’ve been taking less park trips and staying around school more, and I don’t want to be a part of the reason for this.
We did an All-American journey this week and scored pretty decently (17,648). You can challenge us here: http://ryanshollenberger.agilelearningcenters.org/2014/10/14/geoguessr-exploring-america/
[@drew and the Sterlings scored 16,100.]
Our first journey took us from Michael Bay to chips… we did it in 3 clicks!
The second round took a little bit more patience, as we made it from Taylor Swift to whiteboards in 11 clicks.
Here’s what our trail looked like (I’ll make a separate post with the video later):
2. General Merchandice
4. North American Industry Classification System
7. Office supplies
8. Office Depot
9. [Back to] Office Supplies
10. Writing Utensils
Thanks to @timotree, @pinkpanda, @jacobcb, @tinocrafter, @charlotte, and Isabella (sorry I still don’t know how to find your @)!
-Participate in a Howard Zinn reading of the Columbus chapter of “A People’s History of the United States”
This week’s philosophy meeting was awesome. We talked about vampires- their origins, evolutions, and place in human culture through the ages. We began with watching the trailer to the original vampire film, Nosferatu… creepy. We even went on a quick tangent and learned some cool stuff about angler fish.
I declare failure on this one… @shadowjack had a busy week and @timotree wasn’t juiced for it. I am holding for this to happen next week, especially because it will be a cool and simple history-based activity for our visitors to join in on.
Zombie Munchkins and Werewolves:
Werewolves saw the addition of a new character this week, thanks to @timotree and @theskycookie. Welcome to The Werewolf Elder… His power is to be able to sacrifice one of his own kind to convert a villager to a werewolf (except for the Village Elder).
I am pretty sure we played one of the longest Munchkins games in history this week. @timotree won, though everyone had at least 8 levels when the dust settled.
Agile Soccer Club:
With 8 kids this week, we were able to play a better game of world cup. Team “Mordor” won in a close game, beating Team USA, Team Eagles, and Team Red Lotus by only 1 goal. We also practiced shooting, worked on our fitness and stretching.
@abbyo ‘s Adventure Map:
This was SO FREAKING COOL- and OP too. @douglasawesome and I died 3 times (once because we decided to defile an altar… probably a bad idea in all cases)
Take a trip to “Swing-a-Ring,” and awesome playground near @douglasawesome ‘s house
We rescheduled for Monday due to bad weather.
Failure…only did Duolingo twice this week, though I did get my Lingot total up to 40 and purchased the “Flirting” bonus practice. Learned how to say, “May I give you a kiss.” =)
Ok, I’m lagging a lot. Time to log off and go to afternoon meeting. Until next week agilites-
Love and agility,
Nice shots, Taina @PinkPanda!!
That little bodega is so cute!!