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End of Week Two Reflection

General Notes:

  • ALF intensive is amazing. We are all learning a lot together. Here are some pictures of us ALFing as well as the first four days of summer camp. From the ALC Mosaic community, we have both staff and parents diving deep in what it means to go Agile together. Together, we are generating a lot of shareable value we’ll be seeing soon via our new website.
  • We’ve had our graphic designer at ALF camp – what a commitment to this project he has made! Not only has Eric rebranded our look for Agile Learning Centers, but he’s actively involving himself in what we are because he finds this work so interesting. He also taught us as an offering at camp the process of logo design that he used for ALC.
  • Our new website is in the works, thanks to Drew. It’s incredible and can be used like our own Facebook for communication and children’s blogs…where they can share their own posts and even tag each other in them. Tomis will provide a workshop where he will train everyone in both ALC Mosaic & ALC NY wanting support in how to create an account and use it. It will be one central location for all our communication.
  • We are having really awesome Mosaic Staff Meetings as a part of a working group of ALF intensive. Two new ALFers are interested in finding a way for them to intern with us. We’ll see if life circumstance allows that to happen 🙂
  • I have gotten to watch a lot of happy kids work with passionate and engaged adults. This brings me a lot of joy.

Favorite Moments/Activities:

  • The Archetypes whole group activity with Bear was really insightful and I think also helped us meld well together as a group. The time was really useful to me because it helped me understand the others in the group more, as well as myself. I also thought it helped bring awareness to all of us that we are all triggered, or alerted to different types of stimuli, and that information alone helps us not take the actions of others so personally as we humans can tend to do.
  • The discussion about the book Finite and Infinite Games by James Carse was also very insightful. I feel like I spent most of my twenties transitioning into a mindset of being an infinite player in the game of life. Quitting my job to start this school was a huge stepping stone in this process. I realized at that time that life wasn’t worth living if I couldn’t do so with full engagement towards a greater purpose. Road blocks continually came up; inspections that had to pass, losing students and financial resources, etc. and I have to constantly revisit each roadblock as just one part of the infinite game I am playing through my existence. How I approach roadblocks are my choice. How I feel every moment of my life is my choice, and I find that very empowering. I’ve ordered the book!

Challenges: 

  • I find that I cherish the whole group time as well as struggle with it. I tell myself that working in groups is challenging, and perhaps that is why I perceive it as so. Perhaps if I remind myself that group cohesion and dynamics take time then I can have more grace for individuals in a group when agenda items that I feel are important to get to are not addressed. I feel like 3 weeks is too short to get to know each other, feel comfortable with one another, and also run a summer camp, and work on ALC Network and individual school projects.

What Have I Gained? 

  • I have gained more cohesion in our staff and parent community. The school is now grounded in roots that are stable. We have people in our community involved in creating that foundation and that is what will keep us sustainable as a school. The strong connection I feel between current staff, current parents, and potential ALFs is amazing to experience. There are people now joining our community because they believe in Agile Learning Centers. That is a much stronger foundation in my opinion.  I am human and can show up really strong some days and not so strong on others. Having buy-in for our school being tied into something greater than myself feels really, really great.
  • Being fully immersed in a group like this has forced me to see parts of myself more clearly, which in turn will give me more ability learn how to interact powerfully with others.  I am tuning into my authentic self in a deeper way than I ever have before and it’s beautiful, fun and exciting to experience!

 

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