In our Growing Curiosity Quest, Justin from Avant Garde Brazilian Jiu Jitsu shared with us the art of his sport. Eagles learned how to create a strong base and use that to defend themselves against an opponent. They also had the opportunity to learn a little about his Hero's Journey and the work it takes to become a black belt.
After our visitors grew our curiosity, Eagles worked with their Squad to choose and research a topic they are curious about. They were challenged to find at least 8 interesting facts about that topic, so they could teach others. Squads will be sharing what they learned with visitors at next week's Exhibition.
As part of their Learning To Be Curiosity Badge, Eagles must create and implement 3 launches. The learner follows a launch outline that includes an introduction, asking 2-3 tough questions, and ends with a closing that inspires or challenges the studio. This week, Grae presented two launches to the Eagles. In one, she discussed the difference between movies and books and the value of each. In her second launch, Grae asked about the best way to spend the 1,750 hours of break they will have this summer, then challenged the group to create a summer bucket list. What intentionality and bravery it takes to lead a launch with your peers!
Writing Buddies were invited into the studio on Tuesday to meet with our writers. A Writing Buddy's job is much like a peer's, to provide warm-cool-warm feedback that improves the writer's piece and future writing. One writer was challenged by her Buddy to include the perspective of multiple characters in order to add more dimension to her piece.
Writers also worked on editing their work for mistakes this week through the Community of Editors. 5 writers signed up at a time to have their story checked for capitols, spelling, punctuation, and the inclusion of 'juicy words.' With their stories being on the computer, the group chose to pass their computers around for friends to make edits.
On Tuesday the Eagles tested their athletic progress in the Acton Olympics. This included a max plank hold, 100 meter sprint, max burpees in one minute, and a 400 meter run. Many learners improved their scores and we can't wait to see their growth over the next year!
Thursday, Eagles celebrated the end of PE with a Field Day! This included a max height jump, max long jump, shoe kick and water balloon toss. One Eagle jumped 24 inches high and another jumped over 4 feet in length! So impressive!
For our team building challenges this week, Eagles paired up to instruct a blindfolded friend to draw a lion and worked with a group to create a marble maze using only paper and masking tape.