Why can a few distracted students infect an entire learning community? Why is it so hard to keep the classroom clean?
Today we opened with a video on the Tragedy of the Commons and a discussion about why public spaces so often are abused. This was followed by video on Alexis de Tocqueville’s Democracy in America, followed by a discussion of how a civil society helps intermediate between individuals and government, civilizing the first and restraining the latter.
These discussions, and observations by our MS Eagle “industrial spies” of the alien culture in the AA Elementary School, led our Eagles to propose changes in the classroom architecture and governance. Now we have “quiet zone” three sided cubicles (see http://rubble.heppell.net/places/ ) in one area and two other dedicated classroom areas, each with its own Mayor in charge of maintaining “focus.”
All of this led a a burst of productivity: in Core Skills; in 3D Game Lab and in the Film Project.
Intense focus in Core Skills.
Working on story boarding the Film Project (thanks to Matt Hovis for yesterday’s expert advice!)
Working hard to unlock the final “Does the past determine the future?” challenge in the 3D Game Lab quest.