Weekly Huddles

10/28/18 First Overnight Reflection

Please write a blogpost that describes how well our community did (or didn’t do) this weekend achieving each of our three goals. Are you / we:

  1. Feeling more connected to and inspired by our WTS community?
  2. Able to describe in detail the topic and the team we’ve committed to?
  3. Ready to begin enacting our social action team’s Story Chasing Plan?

Please include anecdotes (little stories & specific examples) to make your points.

As always, make sure your blogpost includes:

  1. Title: Include a specific and engaging title, that begins with “#7.”
  2. Tag: Include in your title specific keywords that have to do with your blog post. Examples: “Overnight,” “RACISM.”
  3. Featured Image: Please use a Featured Image; the option is on the lower right, when writing a blog.

 

10/21/18 Three Tasks to Prepare for Our First Overnight  

(Due by the end of Thursday, October 25)

1. Prepare for Our Overnight

Here are the directions to the Eco-Lodge, where we’re meeting for our first overnight (October 27). Please arrive no later than 9:45 AM so you can settle in, before we begin at 10:00. (Let us know if you need some help making carpool connections.) This link brings you to photos and a description of where we’ll be staying. As you’ll see, the place is comfy. Linens (sheets, blankets, towels) are provided. 

2. Please Make Blogpost #6: Seeking Common Ground

  1. Skim through all of last week’s blogposts and make a list of all the topics you and your WTS mates explored in last week’s post.
  2. Study that list and look for connections across the different topics. How are some of the topics similar? Organize the topics into general categories (eg, Environment, Women’s Rights, Racism, etc) as best you can. (If some just don’t fit into a category, you can create a “they just don’t fit into a category” category.) If you get stuck, ask for help (whatsthestoryvt@gmail.com).
  3. Make a visual that shows how you categorized the topics, and post this on your blog, providing any necessary explanation. And bring this visual with you this weekend!

3. Join our Slack Team

We’ll use this tool a lot during the rest of the course, so follow these steps to get accessing this messaging tool.

  1. First watch the “What is Slack?” video, so you get a sense of what this is.
  2. If you haven’t already, join our team by clicking this invitation link (The team is called WTS18-19, but this link will bring you right there)
  3. Then download the right apps for your devices and sign into those. (Windows / Mac / iPhone or iPad / Android / Chrome Extension)

10/14/18 – Blogpost #5 (Due by the end of Saturday, October 20)

This week please:

  • Read and reply to your Blogging Buddies (Blogpost #4). Simply describe what you notice and pose questions.
  • Review the three options below and choose the one that works best for you this week.

Option 1) Mining Part of My Mind Map

For those of you who made a mind map last week and are still interested in that topic, please choose one or two ideas from your mind map to dig into deeply. Mine your mind map from last week, choosing one or two ideas to pursue in whatever ways work best for you. To share what you learned, either write up your findings as a blogpost (around 500 words, please) or make & post another mind map that conveys what you learned from mining last week’s mind map. And if you’ve got another way you’d like to show what you learn this week, go for it. Just make sure whatever you create shows up on your blog by Saturday, October 20.

Option 2) I’m Into a Topic that I Haven’t Mind Mapped Yet

For those of you who are into a topic you haven’t mind mapped yet, please make a mind map–a diagram that visually organizes information and relationships as they relate to a central concept. Here are two examples of what mind maps can look like: 1) Time Management 2) Mind Mapping. If you’d still like to know more about how to make mind maps, here’s a video that shows you how to develop a mind map.

We suggest that you begin by putting your central topic / issue in the center of a page, and then making branches that visually answer the questions:

  • Why is this important? What are the stakes?
  • Who are the stakeholders, the people / organizations who are already engaged with the topic?
  • What would local action look like, and what would the desired impact be?
  • What are your biggest questions about the topic?
  • Anything else that you know / want to know that should be included?

When you finish making your mind map (by hand or using some mind mapping software), take a photo of it and post the image of your Mind Map as your blog post. You’re welcome to add text, too, as a way to explain your thinking, but it’s not necessary this week.

Option 3) I’m Looking to Explore Another Topic

For those of you looking to explore another topic:

  • Head to our website’s Blog page, and take a quick skim through all of your WTS mates’ most recent blogposts. Be on the lookout for those topics that most interest you.
  • After skimming over all the blogs, reply to the three that most interest you, jotting a short reply to each of those blogs, describing your interest in the topic and posing your questions about the topic.
  • Then make your own blogpost that describes the three blogs you responded to, the topic that most interests you, and the questions you have about that topic.

Be sure that your blogpost includes:

  1. Titles: Include a specific and engaging title, that begins with “#5:”
  2. Tags: Include in your title specific keywords that have to do with your blog post. Examples: “Mental Health,” “Homeless.”
  3. Featured Image: Please use a Featured Image; the option is on the lower, right when writing a blog.

10/8/18 – Blogpost #4 (Due by the end of Saturday, October 13

Please review the two options below and choose the option that best fits your need.

Regardless of your choice, please also read and reply to your Blogging Buddies  responses to Blogpost #3. Simply describe what you notice and pose questions.

Option 1) Still Searching for a Topic that Excites Me

For those of you searching for a topic that excites you:

  • Head to our website’s Blog page, and take a quick skim through all of your WTS mates’ most recent blogposts. Be on the lookout for those topics that most interest you.
  • After skimming over all the blogs, reply to the three that most interest you, jotting a short reply to each of those blogs, describing your interest in the topic and posing your questions about the topic.
  • Then make your own blogpost that describes the three blogs you responded to, the topic that most interests you, and the questions you have about that topic.

Option 2) Mind Mapping a Topic that Excites Me

For those of you who are into your current topic and want to dig deeper, this week you’ll make a mind map–a diagram that visually organizes information and relationships as they relate to a central idea or question. Here are two examples of what mind maps can look like: 1) Time Management 2) Mind Mapping. If you’d still like to know more about how to make mind maps, here’s a video that shows you how to develop a mind map.

We suggest that you begin by putting your central topic / issue in the center of a page, and then making branches that visually answer the questions:

  • Why is this topic important? What are the stakes?
  • Who are the stakeholders, the people / organizations who are already engaged with the topic?
  • What would local action look like, and what would the desired impact be?
  • What are your biggest questions about the topic?
  • Anything else that you know / want to know that should be included?

When you finish making your mind map (by hand or using some mind mapping software), take a photo of it and post the image of your Mind Map as your blog post. You’re welcome to add text, too, as a way to explain your thinking, but it’s not necessary this week.

9/30/18 – Blogpost #3 (Due by the end of Saturday, October 6)

(A.) Read & Reply to Your Blogging Buddies

We’re going to stick with the same Blogging Buddies this week. Please read and reply to your Reading Buddies’ responses to Blogpost #2. Simply describe what you notice and what you wonder about these posts.

(B) Interviewing Important People in My Life

Before digging into this week’s prompt, please take a moment to consider whether you want to continue exploring the topic you wrote about last week, or if you’d like to dig into another topic. Then, please take these steps:

  1. Identify three people you know well (family, friends, teachers, coaches, mentors, neighbors) and arrange to spend some time with each to talk about the topic you’re currently exploring. This should be more than a quick chat while passing. Arrange a sit & slow down conversation.
  2. Describe to those you interview your current thinking about the topic and the degree to which it is within your sphere of influence. Then invite them to share their views about the topic. If needed, ask them for ideas about how to approach the topic so it is within your sphere of influence.
  3. Jot down notes during each of these conversations; use these notes to write up a summary of your findings. Please make sure your summary answers these three questions:
    1. With whom did I talk?
    2. How did these conversations align with or stretch my thinking about this topic?
    3. Have these conversations increased my interest in my current topic, or something else?

If you’re unsure of what social issue to explore, then make this the focus of your three conversations this week. Ask these three people what they think would be a good topic to explore, one that is within your sphere of influence.

Your blogpost should be around 500 words, though if you’re on a roll, make it as long as it needs to capture what you learned and what you’re currently thinking. Please be sure to include:

  1. Titles: Include a specific and engaging title, that begins with “#3:”
  2. Tags: Include in your title specific keywords that have to do with your blog post. Examples: “Mental Health,” “Homeless.”
  3. Featured Image: Please use a Featured Image; the option is on the lower, right when writing a blog. Here are directions to add a Featured Image.

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9/23/18 – Blog Post #2 (Due by the end of Saturday, September 29)

(A.) Read & Reply to Your Blogging Buddies

Check out this week’s Blogging Buddy groups. Please read and reply to your Reading Buddies’ responses to Blogpost #1. Simply describe what you notice and what you wonder about these posts.

(B.) What I Know & Wonder about What’s Under My Skin

This week you’re going to explore a topic of your choice, describing what you know and generating as many questions as you can about the topic. Here’s how.

  • Open up this folder and look through all the ideas you and your peers generated in response to the Under My Skin prompt.
  • Then decide which topic you want to explore this week; you can choose one from these lists or opt for something else.
  • Next, make a blogpost that describes what you know about the topic and generates as many questions as can can about the topic.

Feel free to write in paragraphs and/or make lists. Your blogpost should be around 500 words, though if you’re on a roll, make it as long as it needs to capture what you know and wonder about the topic. Please be sure to include:

  1. Titles: Include a specific and engaging title, that begins with “#2:”
  2. Tags: Include in your title specific keywords that have to do with your blog post. Examples: “Mental Health,” “Homeless.”
  3. Featured Image: Please use a Featured Image; the option is on the lower, right when writing a blog.

9/16/18 – Blog Post #1

Complete and publish your first blog post that we started together. The writing started with either, “I’m the one who…,” “I’m here because…,” or “I wonder…” and was to consider your decision to join our WTS cohort: Why are you here and what are you wondering about? These post should be about 400 words and include a Featured Image. Use the this document to help you publish a blog post and add a featured image.

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