Online Day Three

By // March 18, 2020

Systems Go!

Plan in Action:

Our facility at LightHouse is closed for the time being, but we are open.
Yesterday was our first day of online classes, and so far so good! Love to hear any feedback on how it’s going for each of you. Hopefully you are all in communication with your advisors. If that’s not working, please let me know, and please share any other thoughts or questions about our temporary transition.

Our hope and plan is to stay connected through this strange time. Love to hear how that is going for everyone.

All classes that can be online for the rest of this block are up and running. After this week we only have one more week for Block Two, so these classes are wrapping up at the end of next week.

You can see the calendar of current Block Two classes HERE.

Block Three classes will be posted by the end of the day tomorrow.

Most of the classes planned for next block are conducive to online learning, but not all, unfrotunately. A few things, yoga, glass lampwork, and woodshop, are delayed until our hoped-for reopening on April 7. Most everything else can be begun online though, and we will begin on schedule on Monday, March 30. Registration will happen with your advisor, as usual.
We have several tutors available. Tyler, Chancy, Chan, and Lidiana will be happy for the hours during this slow-down, so help us keep them busy! Math, English, Social Studies, Spanish, and more. Please talk to your advisor about what could be useful.

Please let us know if you need a computer at home, or anything else. Holyoke Public Schools is giving free lunch and breakfast to any Holyoke residents. Five sites will be open each day M-F from 8:30am to 12:30pm.  Students can come and receive breakfast & lunch. Sites: HHS North; Kelly school; Donahue school; Sullivan school; Lawrence school. 

Following are some relevant ideas, excerpted from blogger Seth Godin:
 
The Conversation

So, we have a few problems:

1. The in-person regime of meetings and school is riddled with problems around status, wasted time, compliance, boredom and inefficient information flow.

2. Moving to online gives up the satisfaction of the status quo, diminishes the ego satisfaction for those seeking status, and creates even more challenges with compliance, boredom and the rest.

But…

There’s a solution. A straightforward and non-obvious choice.

Let’s have a conversation instead.

A conversation involves listening and talking. A conversation involves a perception of openness and access and humanity on both sides.

People hate meetings but they don’t hate conversations.

People might dislike education, but everyone likes learning.

If you’re trapped in a room of fifty people and the organizer says, “let’s go around the room and have everyone introduce themselves,” you know you’re in for an hour of unhappiness. That’s because no one is listening and everyone is nervously waiting for their turn to talk.

But if you’re in a conversation, you have to listen to the other person. Because if you don’t, you won’t know what to say when it’s your turn to talk.
Conversations reset the power and compliance dynamic, because conversations enable us to be heard.

Conversations generate their own interest, because after you speak your piece, you’re probably very focused on what someone is going to say in response.

You don’t have to have a conversation, but if you choose to have one, go all in and actually have one.

Read the entire post HERE.

We’re in this together. Please be in touch.
Catherine

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