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Journey: Session 1, Week 2

What a productive week in the Journey studio.

The learners are getting to know one another and getting used to working as a team, being one group.

This week the learners had 3 major challenges to accomplish: completing their Hero’s board, filming and submitting the lip dub challenge, and finalizing their contract.

Hero’s board is the learner’s own story, telling about themselves, questions they want to explore, who is a hero in their eyes and so much more. It takes a lot of time and effort to create such a board, investing a lot of time in the organization, creativity, resource search etc. The learners spent time early in the morning before the morning launch and during their breaks to complete this challenge.

Lip-Dub challenge is a contest between all Actons. The learners need to decide on a song, create the choreography, film and edit it in time to submit it to the contest. Our Journey learners decided to have 4 songs, each was filmed in a different location and with a different setting, and afterward combine all 4 pieces into one. The result is just outstanding and we can’t wait to share it with you.

The contract is a very important part of Acton and is basically the rule book of the studio. The learners decided what will be in the contract (like don’t distract others, be kind to one another, use the schools’ equipment gently to avoid any damage, and more). They voted on each topic and decided what will be part of their contract and what won’t. The contract is the tool for the learners to hold each other accountable.

Each morning the learners are working on their core skills, sometimes it very hard for them to be concentrated and during reflection, they had a long talk about what they can do to help themselves be focused, like going to the library to work or putting on headphones that will block some of the noise. There is also the understanding that in some days, we are not as focused as others and for those days, there’s a need to find other strategies.

On Genre, the writing projects are more challenging, and this is where teamwork comes into play when the learners work together to understand what they need to do in order to complete their writing projects.

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend, see you next week.

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