We recently held a reception at Acton Academy for SXSW.edu. The over one hundred Disruptors and Educators who attended were treated to a Quest: a scavenger hunt to discover the answers to a series of provocative questions about Acton.
At one point in the presentation, the Eagles took over answering questions from the crowd. In a word, they were “brilliant.” Or as one parent put it: “It was magical.”
There were some humorous moments too.
One visitor couldn’t believe the Eagle’s answers were spontaneous. He kept asking: “How did you stage that so perfectly?” (Answer: We trusted them.)
Later, a traditional educator, seeking to answer a question on the scavenger hunt list, turned to an Elementary Studio Guide: “So how many questions does a Guide answer in a perfect day”
In perfect Socratic Guide mode, he replied: “How many do you think a Guide answers in a perfect day?”
“At least 200,” she said.
Her companion disagreed: “At least 400. Maybe 500.”
The Acton Guide provided a clue: “We’ve been having a contest that records how many questions we answer in a week. You can see the results in the Elementary studio.”
On a whiteboard in the Elementary studio was the answer: “Ms. Terri 2. Ms. Samantha 1. Mr Brian 11.” (Eagles had been trying to trick Mr. Brian all week by catching him off guard with personal questions.)
The two traditional teachers were heard saying: “I just don’t understand how this place works.”
Neither do we. We just know that it does.