• Melissa Groff

Session 1 Exhibition and Reflection

Thank you so much for joining us for the Session 1 Exhibition of learning! While it was certainly exciting to see how awesome the learners did, I was more impressed with how hard they worked to prepare and their enthusiasm over the process.

In the Spark Studio, Melissa and the Voyagers talked about their focus on community in this session. Each learner drew a photo to represent one of the character traits that are important to keep the studio a happy and healthy learning environment. Voyagers shared their pictures that highlighted ways to be responsible, respectful, unique, and have a good attitude in the studio. We also heard about their 5 Senses Quest and all of the fun hands-on activities that the Voyagers did during this session. They walked us through an interactive experience where we got to smell different air fresheners, tasted and vote on our favorite flavors, draw without seeing, and guess objects by feeling. We had so much fun and everyone had a smile on their face.

The Exploration exhibition started all the way at the bottom of the stairs. Their enthusiasm was contagious and their energy was felt as soon as one young hero came down to invite the parents upstairs! After walking their parents through core skills programs, the Voyagers moved on to their favorite space - the Socratic discussion room. They took turns presenting their poems, along with their visual art piece. I know we are supposed to be applauding the process and not the result, but I was truly blown away by the art that the Voyagers produced. Lexi shares that this is one of their favorite activities. To finish off this very important session of community building, the Voyagers signed their final studio contract. Now they are ready to work hard towards their goals this year!

Were you able to ask your learner some questions about the experience? Here are some to get you started:

1. Tell me more about your core skills programs.

2. Did your visual art end up looking like you imagined that it would? If yes, how did you do that? If not, which parts did not meet your expectations?

3. What did you think of your presentation? Would you change anything? What would you do differently next time? 

4. What was your favorite or most satisfying part of your presentation?

We are excited to dig into Session 2!


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