Cultivating Kindness (Year 2, Week 10)
This week started by welcoming a new hero in the studio…meet Charlie:
Yes, he is made of paper but he has still been a wonderful addition to the studio this week! Charlie was introduced to the heroes during Monday morning’s launch in a discussion about kindness and how to make the studio a kinder place.
He didn’t start out so crumpled! After imagining Charlie was a new hero in the studio the heroes gave examples of hurtful things that would make Charlie feel sad and unwelcome. Each time a hurtful remark was made Charlie was crumpled up a little more. Next the heroes shared friendly and kind words to Charlie and after each comment Charlie was un-scrunched little by little. However his crumple lines remained, illustrating the lasting impression that unkind words can leave.
The launch concluded with the heroes sharing ways that they will make the studio a kinder place today and how they will respond if someone is unkind to them.
Last week activities
At Heroes we believe in working hard and celebrating along the way. This was particularly evident this week with a surprise guest, the end-of session exhibition, and our last day movie party tradition.
On Tuesday afternoon the heroes were excited to have a special guest visit the studio…Abraham Lincoln! Skip Critell, who played Lincoln, shared with the heroes the story of Lincoln’s life and his hero’s journey to become president. The heroes particularly enjoyed seeing items from the era such as school slates, books, old toys and newspapers. As part of practicing gratitude the heroes spent Wednesday morning writing letters of thanks to Skip for his visit. Thank you to Jackie, one of our heroic parents, for the recommendation.
End of Session Exhibition
The detective Quest was wrapped up last week and the heroes spent a lot of time this week preparing for the Thursday exhibition. The heroes began their preparation by brainstorming what an excellent exhibition would look like, coming up with a list that included:
- Speak clearly, don’t say “um”
- Give clear instructions
The heroes had a big task in front of them as this exhibition had many different aspects that needed planning. While the preparation process included plenty of frustration and conflict it was also an opportunity for teamwork, resolution and creativity. In the end the heroes worked together to ensure that they were planned and prepared come exhibition time. While there are still many lessons to be learned, it is truly amazing to watch as these young heroes take on responsibility and work together to put on this event. Most don’t see all the preparation and practice it takes, but the heroes put in a lot of effort to run an exhibition. It’s a great opportunity to learn to do something that requires both skill to create and character to do.
The heroes reflected on the key areas they wanted to improve in the next exhibition, after reviewing the feedback from parents. The key areas they wanted to improve were:
- Cleaning the floor and vacuuming every piece of trash
- Better prepared scripts
- More practice and feedback for presentations
- Clearer instructions
Thank you to all who were able to make it to this session’s exhibition, the heroes enjoyed setting up the crime scene challenge for their families to solve and sharing all they had learned in the quest with you.
Before wrapping up the session with a movie party (with a fun detective movie!), the heroes participated in their end of session badge ceremony. A new record of personal badges (14) earned and group badges (39) earned was reached, proving how much effort was put into core skills and quest this session.
Many heroes worked hard to finish badges and submit just before the deadline.
Now that certain rhythms and basic systems are in place and part of studio culture, the heroes will return next session with challenges that will require higher standards of excellence. New processes and skills will be introduced in the studio that will equip the heroes to run a world class studio. This will be both challenging and rewarding as the heroes become more capable to run the studio and take charge of their own learning. As any great hero must do, we look forward to the challenges and growth that lies ahead.