It’s been a really busy week for me, I’ve gotten lots of intentions done.
This week started like most others, on a Monday.
I woke up in a new friend’s guest room and followed her to the NYC Agile Learning Center.
I played on the Agile Network’s very own Minecraft server #NOCHEATS and lead @ryanshollenberger to the lava outpost that I created over the summer.
Played an epic game of zombie Munchkin where I did my best to be really hard on @Abby.
I arranged with Abe the details of coming out to Everett to guest ALF with me for the month of November. I’ve confirmed with my hosts and we have a green light for him to come out.
Monday was also Columbus day and to celebrate we read from the first chapter of Howard Zinn’s. Here’s a quote from Columbus soon after he landed in what he thought was Asia.
They … brought us parrots and balls of cotton and spears and many other things, which they exchanged for the glass beads and hawks’ bells. They willingly traded everything they owned… . They were well-built, with good bodies and handsome features…. They do not bear arms, and do not know them, for I showed them a sword, they took it by the edge and cut themselves out of ignorance. They have no iron. Their spears are made of cane… . They would make fine servants…. With fifty men we could subjugate them all and make them do whatever we want.
I had read this book a few years ago, before I became a “radical” or became all that politically “awake”. It struck me how much more upset reading this chapter made me. I wanted to spit fire and stomp on the necks of every imperialist pig in history. I wanted to rip the skin off these evil men and roll them in salt for what they did to a people so much more connected to the world.
They took these people, so eager to share and help these alien men, enslaved them and forced them to strip the land in search for some stupid metal. Their hubris and demonic actions have no place being celebrated in this day.
It was a sad chapter of our history and it was also another incentive to me to fight even harder for what is right and just in this world. I don’t want to leave behind a history of rust like these people.
That was Monday.
I was able to see an old friend. Later I went back to the NYC ALC in time to clean up. That evening I went out with @Abby and @Abe. Abby and I walked across Central Park to mid town. We took a pedicab from the Apple store down to the Chinese restaurant. We ate like kings, duck tong, 1000 year old eggs, and another medley of amazing food. We poked around the city for a few more hours. It was a good night.
I spent the majority of the day back at the ALC. I was able to get all my e-mails read and prepare my computer to work on the ALC website.
I helped @ninablanco with her calendar system on her phone and computer, but wasn’t able to figure out how to make stupid iPhone do what should be easy. It’s sad how hard they make it.
My favorite moment of the day was playing
The plane home left at 3:30 that afternoon. It was delayed but overall not a terrible travel day. I got a good bit of reading done.
It was good to be back at ALC Everett. We did some geoguesser, challenging Agile NYC’s score. We almost did it too. Getting a perfect score after finding Scotland Texas by figuring out the highway crossing and seeing some signs, but we weren’t able to best NYC, this time.
After that we discussed student agreements, I’ve begun to outline them as they are based on the NYC agreements.
We set up the calendar in our meeting space, now we have a white board with the week outline ready for our set the week meetings and a monthly calendar book so we can put future events up.
Tommie baked some cookies, they were awesome, I ate some.
I introduced the boys to MetaMaps, a mind mapping tool that we used over the weekend to start mapping out the ALC network.
It’s an exciting tool I want to use to develop a sort of skill tree for web development. We discussed what this would look like, I’ll post about this later!
After the day was done I finally got to practice my Ukulele again. I’m getting better with my down – down up – – up – down up strumming pattern along with moving my fingers around.
Finally I met up online with my awesome cousin JP King for a game of Go. I’ve been watching YouTube videos about go and reading up on it, but I have actually never played. Well today was the day and after catching up a bit we sat down for a game and JP reked (that’s the cool new way to say pwned) me, pretty much a flawless victory. The next game, however, I was able to come away with a win:
I can’t wait to get more into the game and maybe soon play my first 19×19 board.
I’ve been pushing my students to set more explicit intentions, they are taking to it and really improving their use of the Kanban.
Today I finished the first draft of our student agreements. Here’s the ask for students:
- Productive participation in Morning and Afternoon meetings. Focus your mind, engage your heart, and listen to others
- Sharing of your work and play through weekly creative and reflective blog posts
- Recording goals and intentions through the use of a Kanban or other means
- Cleaning up after yourself throughout the day and at afternoon cleanup time
- Respecting community agreements we implement and practice from “Change-up”
- Responsible use of our physical resources (furniture, art supplies, paper, computers, etc.)
- Be Kind! Treat others the way you would want to be treated. Take responsibility for creating a fun, happy, safe, and supportive community.
I’m looking for comments and feedback from my students, their parents and the wider ALC community.
I set up the Adobe Cloud suite on the guest computer at the school. I sat with Nick and Stevie and gave them a little introduction to Adobe Flash. We made a little Pac Man move around the screen!
I’ve ordered my business cards, Moo.com allowed me to add 50 different backgrounds to my cards, so I made a whole set up ALC backgrounds. I’ve made a zip file which you can download here that contains all of these: