This week I did a lot of collaborative mine-crafting with @likeaboss and Jesse. My biggest achievement was making a huge office building in a creative world. On Tuesday, I played Blocks vs. Zombies, a Minecraft […]
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]
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“By the end of the year you’ll be cracking these [eggs] with one hand,” Nancy, our newest volunteer and definitely (skilled) amateur chef said to @likeaboss. He smiled as he used the two-handed technique familiar […]
This week there was a LOT of snow. On Tuesday we had a snow-day. I stayed at home and had a huge snowball fight on the roof and killed my dad. I even built a base for myself.
On Monday, I played “Different Tag” with @ryanshollenberger, @likeaboss, @kingthanos, @douglasawesome, @abramdb, and @failspy. It’s an awesome game that’s like capture the flag, tag, foam sword-fighting, and flag football all-in-one.
Today I smelled cupcakes and wished I was eating them (Next week I want to join cooking class so I can eat lasagna)!
I also played on the survival world “Ryan Shollenberger’s Beard” with @kingthanos and @ryanshollenberger. I made myself a leather tunic, leather pants, iron leggings, iron helmet and iron boots. Thanks gave me two extra iron ingots so I could make an iron sword. Thanos also made me the guard of the house! Here it is:
I watched a bunch of videos by the Diamond Minecart this week. One I really liked was about the “lucky red block” (a modded world on Minecraft).
You can craft one by surrounding a dropper with 8 pieces of redstone:
I can happily report that I’ve accomplished 10 of 11 intentions I set on Monday!
If you count eating the pizza as support (and I definitely do), I accomplished helping @abbyo and @failspy with pizza-making on Monday. They made thin crust margarita-style pizza, and it was super tasty.
@legolad22 and @likeaboss joined me on Tuesday for a Razor scooter workshop. We disassembled one scooter completely, and the other two partially. As I detached some of the rustier, harder to move parts, Logan and Lescot used Simple Green and WD-40 to clean and lubricate the parts. We intend to continue work on the scooters next week.
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest philosophy with @kingthanos was AWESOME. @likeaboss and @shadowjack joined Thanos and I to watch this classic. Everyone had great analysis and it was really interesting to see how everyone’s perception of McMurphy (Jack Nicholson) changed as the film progressed. We started off feeling like he was an antagonist, but ended up feeling empathy for him by the end.
In Wikitrails this week, we did a random wandering, ala version 1.0. Also, The Lorax joined us for a guest-star trail on Friday. We went from Wilhelm Reich to Arne Duncan and Lee Harvey Oswald to Michael Vick.
So Gueoguessr didn’t go as well as I’d hoped… we scored in the high 7,000’s, which was only slightly better than half of my intended goal from Monday. Declaring failure-
In Woodworking with @shadowjack this week, we began our bookshelf project. @kingthanos and I went to a lumber yard on 106th st. and 2nd ave to get some domestic birch plywood sheets. We actually wheeled them all the way back to the school on a dolly… really wish I had a picture or video to show from this. Anyway, Jack and I drew out our plans and made some initial cuts. Despite careful measurement, we couldn’t seem to get a straight edge and were baffled as to why… until we noticed that our T-square wasn’t square! So, I will be taking a trip to the hardware store this weekend to buy a new one so that we can continue this project next week.
That’s all I have time for this afternoon- Looking forward to a busy and exciting final week of 2014 @ALC that will feature a trip to see the third installment of the Hobbit trilogy.
With love and agility,
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Hey, @likeaboss, don’t forget about our awesome trip to the Body Worlds exhibit (http://www.bodyworlds.com/en/exhibitions/current_exhibitions.html)
Another week gone….. (SIGH)…..
TIME TO BLOG!!!
Today i watched some MORE dumb videos w/@likeaboss, heh heh… i…um… what did i do? oo! I know! i drank water as planned, i played “GO” w/Peter! it was fun! I lost though… But it was still fun! I wrestled/pillow-foght/Horsy-played/pertended-that-javare-was-a-chair played/Attacked-javare w/Veronica! (Veronica is peter’s young daughter) THE END!
Or is it? HE HE HE…..
Slow lines at the bank means I’ve lost half of blogging hour. I intended to finish a post that’s been drafted for a few weeks, but I’ll have to keep that backlogged for now. Instead, here’s a look back at what transpired this week, and what I’m looking forward to in the coming month.
The growth of ALC Mosaic
My week began by finishing up a handful of organizational tasks for ALC Mosaic and reflecting on the cultural progress I have been witnessing there.
Though there were some growing pains at the beginning of the year after splitting the school into two locations (one has ages 3-6 and the other has ages 6-13), the shift has begun to bear fruit. From what I can tell @lacy is finding a nice groove with the youngsters at the Roots of Mosaic program and the culture at the main campus is really starting to gel. The staff are finding their stride, the kids are problem-solving, taking responsibility for much more, and the environment feels joyful and exciting.
Mosaic is poised for significant growth in the next 6 to 12 months. With a solid cultural foundation, some big picture coherence in place, and more organizational structures to support the school, I expect to see some amazing things happening.
I’m excited for the Open House we’ll be doing in January and for the presentation that @leigh put together for such event. I put together a landing page for some Facebook ads that @leigh is going to start running for the school. I’m interested to see how successful they are.
It feels easier to do marketing and outreach in Charlotte than in NYC. It’s a small city where you can find the farmers markets and yoga studios and alternative spaces that harbor our market much easier than in NYC where there’s so much of everything and so many neighborhoods. We still need a lot of SEO help, as that is definitely the most effective way to reach the NYC market.
What I do
I finished a blog post I had been working on for a while at the beginning of the week that describes a process I underwent for categorizing and mapping my work. A meta-retrospective of sorts.
I was excited to get confirmation this week on some talks I will be giving next month, which fulfills on an intention I’ve been holding since last spring and reaffirmed at our ALF Weekend in October. It is juicy for me to give talks in public forums about Agile Learning Centers, and these two talks will be great practice in sharing the story to different audiences from different angles.
The first event will be in NYC at Spotify’s HQ — the final Lean/Kanban Practitioners Meetup of the year. The talk is titled: Agile as Education, which will focus on the Agile Mindset, comparing the Waterfall Method to our Industrial Education Model, and what an Agile Education might look like.
All proceeds will go to the ALC here in NYC! I’m grateful to Jonathan, the group’s organizer for inviting me to speak and for organizing it as a fundraiser for the ALC — super awesome of him.
This talk is titled: “What If Schools Were Actually Collaborative”, and will focus on the ways in which Agile Learning Centers are designed with collaboration in the social DNA — from the micro to macro levels of what we do.
This will be my first time to Vegas, so I’ll definitely get a few hours of poker in (!) and take @nancy to the Grand Canyon 🙂
Planning a Self-Directed Learning Event
I met up with Nikhil this week to discuss plans for hosting an event in the spring. We want to have a big name speak (no spoilers yet) about places in which the new pardigm of education is taking route, then have a panel of folks representing various NYC-based self-directed learning communities. The panel would answer questions about what they do and participants will have a chance to connect with the various communities that align with their needs and interests.
ALF Summer Excitement
I had a great time catching up with @ninablanco this week, who was just in San Francisco for the PSI Advanced: Life Success Course. We had both done the PSI Basic seminar last year (before we knew each other) and @ninablanco decided to keep climbing the latter. It was great to hear about her experience and all the powerful networking she’s been doing towards launching ALC Oahu. I’m so very berry stoked for ALC Oahu and super confident in Nina in being able to make it happen.
Further ALF Summer conversations have ensued this week and a handful of us will be doing some calls on Sunday to continue to flesh out details. We are putting together some information about what it means to become an ALC and maintain that relationship to the network. We are also excited about reorganizing the facilitators for this next ALF Summer so that there are group facilitators and project managers holding for the various outcomes we are committed to.
It feels like a week does not go by without someone reaching out to know how they can start an ALC. I am so stoked to have the new challenges we are facing — scaling and growing with purpose and effectiveness!
At ALC NYC this week
I worked from home twice this week and was able to get a lot done, including the immunization report which kept getting delayed by arduous government software. The days I have been here have been really fun and pleasant.
Today I was able to spend some time connecting with @likeaboss over remaking the GameShifting board. Luca expressed interest in renaming some categories at Change-UP meeting and so I offered to meet with him at 11am to rework the whole board — something I was into. He came and got me at 11am sharp, which is always a good sign that the interest and motivation is actually there.
We spent over an hour redesigning the board and, throwing out categories we weren’t using, inventing new ones, and renaming some things. It was probably the deepest engagement I’ve had with a student over GameShifting, which was really cool and made me excited for all the future potentialities of that tool. Luca said he wants to hold a regular meetup every Thursday to iterate the GameShifting board 🙂
@drew fixed the plugin issue we were having so I can now get to work on a bunch of web development ideas I’ve been having!
I can’t stop listening to this
And…lastly…@whoisthelorax is visiting tonight — excited to have some QT with my best bro from another mo.
I’ll tell you where… to the BLOGS! =)
I want to lead with an awesome GIF (click the image below to see it) @abram made for me, which I woke up to this morning:
This week featured some good work in Minecraft. Today, I participated in “Blocks vs Zombies,” a fun game made by Seth Bling, a famous ‘Crafter. The object is to prevent wave after wave of zombies from reaching your position as you pick them off with bows and arrows. You can also purchase various upgrades, barriers, cannons, and even a scroll to spawn Iron Golems. I played with @theskycookie, @douglasawesome, @legolad22, @likeaboss, and @thewitchqueen908. We tried a few times, but couldn’t make it farther than 5 mins (you must survive for 20mins to win).
On Thursday, a group of Agile Philosophers met to discuss a topic we first opened last year… Spongebob! We watched 3 episodes (“Slide Whistle Stooges,” “Ripped Pants,” and “Sandcastles in the Sand”) and discussed our observations and questions afterwards. At first we focused on meta-questions of Bikini Bottom, which was sparked by some observations by @kingthanos. These included things like:
-Why would a squirrel want to live at the bottom of the ocean?
-(How) can a fish get sunburn?
-How is there a beach with waves (“The Goo Lagoon”) underwater?
…the final question led to some cool outside research about oceanography. We did some research on what a lagoon actually is and what sort of creatures can actually live at the bottom of the ocean, especially in the really deep parts where the sun’s rays have practically no effect on life there.
Most interesting was our discussion on some aspects of “Ripped Pants.” My personal favorite was a discussion on whether a lobster, a squirrel, or a sponge could best perform a clean and press. It led to a discovery of the differences between vertebrates and invertebrates, and ultimately it was decided the squirrel could do this the best, despite the relative strength of the lobster’s exoskeleton (mostly because of its limited range of motion). We also learned how a lobster must shed its entire shell when it grows!
That’s about all I have time for today. Until next week- stay agile, man.
With love and agility,