“Don’t let anyone rob you of your imagination, your creativity, or your curiosity. It’s your place in the world; it’s your life. Go on and do all you can with it, and make it the life you want to live.”Mae Jemison
The ES Warriors kicked off Session 7 with a bang! This is the first time in THA history that the ES Warriors planned an entire “Growing Curiosity” Quest for this last session of the school year. A few Level 5 Warriors put together an entire Quest Map (see below), created learning challenges, are leading the launches, and are playing the “game makers” this session. This week they were challenged to delve into making short films, as they wrote, acted, filmed and edited short movies. The mini-quest will conclude with a studio wide Film Festival! Then they will venture into a brief mini-quest on Engineering. It is amazing to see them plan a quest and immerse themselves in the learning!
In every studio, the Warriors having been setting goals, working independently, and making a push to finish strong as we close out the school year. At the ES and MS levels, they are also working on their portfolios, working on their organizing skills while putting together evidence and examples of their tremendous growth and holistic learning throughout the year. We’ve also put PE into their hands this session, challenging them to lead and facilitate exercises, stretches, warm ups, sports, etc.
Spark Update: In addition to their Core Skills, Free Time, Art, etc. our Spark Warriors have loved building on their Botany Quest from last session by exploring the fascinating and wonderful world of insects with an Entomology Quest! This week they learned about biomimicry and made glow in the dark insects. They also spent a lot of time outside and are discovering all kinds of insects in our flower beds! They even saw some fat caterpillars! Seeing their plants growing from last Quest has been so exciting, and they enjoy helping take care of them by watering them and pulling out weeds. We have slowly integrated town halls and community launches and they are starting to coming up with systems that they want to see in the studio, e.g. sharing the materials, creating labels so that they return work back from where they got it, requesting music to be played during work time, etc.
MS Warriors, in addition to their Core Skills badges, apprenticeships, and portfolios, have been working on their final Civilization challenge, a 10-15 minute individual or group presentation on a key topic of their choice from Civilization this year.
Here’s a brief list of a few of the ES and MS launch topics from last week:
- Finishing Strong vs. Consistent Effort throughout the journey
- Exhibition Survey Feedback: Warriors reviewed parent feedback, which was very insightful and they had very powerful reflections on their Debate Exhibition. They talked about everything from working on the timing and planning of their exhibition, to selecting better topics, to pronouncing their sources more accurately!
- The Significance of Eid
- Self Driving Cars – Would you get one?
- Super Teams: Would you rather play on a Super Team or play against one?
Please enjoy the pictures! (Including pics of the ES/MS Debate Exhibition and the Spark Botany Excursion.)