Monday was a difficult day in many ways; it seemed many of the new learning habits had worn off after a week off. Not surprising, since new habits take more than a few weeks to deeply imbed.
Our response: simplify; provide perspective; appeal to heroes; reinforce shared accountability.
First, to simplify. Some Eagles were overwhelmed by five or more types of assignments they had to juggle – an issue that would vex many adults.
So we regrouped deliverables under three headings: Core Skills; Projects and Quests; and MyHJ and the new Learning Badges.
Next, provide perspective. That meant a new map, a wall display we could use to track progress, as we addressed four defining questions: Who am I?; What promises must be made and kept?; Who is walking with me?; and Why am I here?
We’ll use this display to mark our journey, moving from experiences designed to track: “Who am I?” – and exploring individual Gifts; Joy & Flow and Opportunities – and Core Skill practice to identify which Apprenticeship will be right for each Eagle in the spring.
Appeal to Heroes: we started the morning with a video on Richard Branson and a quote from Thoreau that “the mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.”
Did our Eagles aspire to lives in a cubicle?
Or taking on life as an adventure, like Richard Branson?
Branson started the first of his 400 companies at 16. We went around the room, and asked each Eagle how many years between their current age and 16, and what would be the most important this week to get them back on the right path?
Finally, accountability. We put renewed emphasis on tracking SMART goals, and the responsibility of Running Partners to hold each other accountable.
Before long, the learning community was humming with energy again.