What are my hopes and dreams for the year? What are our hopes and wishes for the studio? What do we promise to each other in order to make these dreams a reality?
These are the questions we start with in Discovery Studio this session. Over the past few weeks, learners have been doing the very important work of identifying the answers to these questions.
First, learners brainstormed some of their personal goals for the year. Some hopes learners shared were:
“I hope I master arithmetic.”
“I hope I get better at reading.”
“I hope I learn more about astronomy.”
“I hope I make new friends.”
Then, learners were challenged to envision the ideal learning environment- one that would support them in accomplishing their biggest hopes for the year. Some of their ideas included:
“A place where everyone only speaks to each other with kindness, encouragement and truth.”
“A place where everyone is responsible for their actions and their learning.”
“A place that is clean, quiet, cozy, and well organized.”
“A place where everyone always respects and listens to each other.”
“A place where mistakes are accepted.”
These ideas became the beginning of their studio contract. Each week, they get to pitch new ideas, try them out, and then vote on whether they are ready to add them to their studio contract. At the end of the session, they will sign the contract and use it as a reminder of their promises to each other throughout the year.
But, as they say, a dream without a plan is no plan at all. The next question Discovery learners explored was- What systems and/or routines are needed to make our hopes and dreams for the year come to fruition?
From here learners were introduced to the three most important systems and routines in Discovery Studio: Daily Goal Setting, Studio Maintenance, and Community Meeting.
These systems provide the structure for learners to be successful and for their big hopes and dreams, both for themselves and for their community, to become a reality!
So- What is it actually like to be a learner in Discovery Studio?
Well, you’ll just have to wait until the end-of-session exhibition to find out. Learners are excited to share all about the special place we call Discovery Studio!