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,
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,
Before I write about all the fun I’m having, here is an awesome song that Adin @theskycookie introduced me to. Enjoy…
Last Thursday, I got to attend my very first Comic Convention here in NYC and it was pretty ridiculously fantabulous. I went with @abram, Adin @theskycookie, and Douglas @douglasawesome. What I loved most was the abundance of super cool toys and books as well as how much @theskycookie and @douglasawesome were super stoked about being there. I also felt an overwhelming sense of nostalgia when Douglas and I bumped into the game, Sonic The Hedgehog, one of my all time favorite games growing up.
Agile Learning Facilitator (ALF) Weekend up in beautiful Chatham, NY, was such an amazing experience for me. I got to finally meet some of the other ALC Mosaic crew: Dean @dinospumoni and Dan @dthomasson. And then there’s @drew, who holds it down ever so effortlessly at ALC Everett. Since @nancy did such a beautiful job summing up ALF Weekend in her blog post, check THIS out to delve more into what we accomplished overall.
I came away feeling a deep sense of trust and loving connection in our ALF community. Words simply fail to describe how grateful I am to be playing and working with such inspirational individuals.
To reflect further back… Over a year ago, I found myself cultivating a team of dear friends at home on Oahu for my intention of creating a learning resource center. To me, my effort slowly and sadly fizzled out because I found myself struggling to push a group of people who would be PERFECT as resource people to commit to establishing something that I alone (in this context) had the fiery passion for. After letting go of holding so strongly to a narrow pathway of getting things done (I simply didn’t know what I was doing and now, this is much less so), I have been learning so much along the way. This includes but not at all limited to:
my level of trust in specific individuals
discernment among those who can help in what areas, in which ways, and in which phases of development
getting clear on intentions of every individual who expresses an interest in helping me manifest this vision
so much more about myself
In this journey so far, emphasis on my deep gratitude for having magically united with this freshly blossoming ALF family moves beyond the power of words. I’ve known since the start of my process about two years ago that I needed and desired a team of people aligned with my very personal passion for creating powerful spaces for young people to live, learn and thrive in. And so it is–I am among the badass wolf pack with a collective fire toward intentional co-creating and being the change here and now.
My favorite parts about ALF weekend was getting clear on my own intentions and making it known as well as hearing out the intentions and celebrating the strengths of everyone present. For this, we also got to learn about an awesome tool called Metamaps, to digitally organize ourselves much easier on many levels. Overall, I loved everything that came to the surface and although it was slightly overwhelming for me to take in and feel out new friends as well as situations which are seemingly inevitable within any community of purpose, I am incredibly grateful to have witnessed and played a part in the process of deepening trust, understanding and communication with new friends. My intentions coming into ALF weekend was to feel more connected to our ALC community and to laugh a lot.
ALF Weekend intentions: accomplished.
Up next: I will be working with…
@tomis on more marketing stuff such as setting up a documentary screening of Race to Nowhere
@abbyo, @charlotte, @nancy on implementing practices of safe emotional release exercises with kids (and amongst our ALF community as well). Also on creating some sort of check-in system with the intention of clear communication and support for ALFs around any extra-challenging situations that arise.
@nancy, @bear, @tomis, @charlotte, @drew on creating a roadmap and support system for ALFs like me who desire to establish an ALC
@tomis, @bear, @drew on establishing Hawaii’s first ALC (both off and on location) in good time
And this journey continues…