Don’t let anyone kid you that building a self governing learning community is easy – for adults or middle school Eagles.
We’re still struggling with intentionality, and the Eagles not living up to the promises they made to each other.
Finally, noise became such a problem that it started distracting the elementary Eagles below, so we gave our neighbors the right to take 24 Eagle Bucks and a Mason Break/Charlie Break away anytime they are disturbed.
Yesterday, a “red card” signalling a violation was deliver on two occasions. 48 Eagle Bucks – ouch! We’ll see if these natural consequences from violating a neighbor’s property rights will help.
We also realized it was a mistake to make it too easy to earn Eagle Bucks, which takes away the sting of losing one for poor choices. So we’re making Eagle Bucks harder to earn in the future and asking anyone with more than ten Eagle Bucks to cash them in ( one Eagles Buck = $1) to buy something fun for their classmates.
Despite our struggles, lots of powerful learning taking place:
After hearing that we’re draining Eagle Buck liquidity from the financial system, one Eagle, remembering the “inflation game” from last year, asked: “Will this cause an Eagle Buck Great Depression?”
A parent sent this:”Last night, <our daughter> told us ‘I have just realized something so interesting and special! Did you know that so far NONE of the guides have taught me anything … It’s ME, I am learning everything on my own , all on my own?'”
Lots of collaboration in preparation for the Personal Learning Plan Exhibition and Debate next week.
Today we received a gift of some terrific books, and Eagles swarmed around the box, eager for new reading.
Next step – draft a clear contract between each Guide and each Eagle – something we should have done long ago.