Here We Are Together Again

The season is changing…back together to learn,

New stories and adventures,

New fires to burn.

More bikes to be riding,

More slipping and sliding,

Confiding, reviving

Community deciding.

Concotions a’ making,

Learning from mistaking

Oh what greatness we all be creating!

The Story of Little Robin (abridged)

Litte Robin says “I can fly…watch me.”

The Great Elder Birds look at Robin with the knowing that it is not yet her time.

Little Robin does not like the look in the Elder Birds’ eyes and becomes defiant.

“I can fly, I will fly, let me show you.” But in her attempt to fly before she is ready Little Robin injurs herself, and now it will be longer until she is able to fly.

The Elder Birds watched and allowed Robin to find her harm, for they knew it was not their time to speak and Little Robin does not yet know how to listen.

Little Robin is embarassed and angry at the Elder Birds for watching her fall.

“Now I am hurt and embarassed.” Little Robin says from her injured place, and cannot look at the Elder Brids because of her own shame.

She turns her back to them to hide from their eyes and say “I don’t need you, you let me fall.” And in turning her back their gaze became stone.

Little Robin stays a long time with her back turned, yet the Elder Birds continue to look upon her with Love and Great Knowing.

One day Little Robin turned around…she is able to face the Elder Birds again.

“I am sorry Elder Birds, I dishonored you by turning my back…I was ashamed of myself and what I saw of myself in your gaze. I am ready to face you again and I will only fly when I see the journey in your eyes.”

So Little Robin waited and healed at the feet of the Elder Birds until one day she suddenly looked up, saw the journey in the Elder Birds’ eyes and flew off… following their gaze into the rising sun.

The Turn of the Feather


To begin:

It has been many magical weeks at school. Since returning from NYC, I am ever more aware of the flow, energy and just awesome growth that is happening in ALCs everywhere.

This month has felt like an explosion of colorful feathers. Every day ideas jump out of us, and sometimes it’s messy like this ink project:



And at other times no clean up necessary like a good ol’game of soccer.


Or Geoguessr…

#ALCNYCscoredawesometodayMosaicnotourfinest #goodgame



And we mastering how all these get scheduled:

…Unfortunately I cut the video just before @superleaf08 delved into a ninja-lunge.

And sometimes we do things that don’t get scheduled: @alonalearning, @sassygirl26@dinospumoni



And sometimes we do unscheduled things to make money.




When the year started I found a feather on the ground. About a month ago we started to  pass one around at the beginning and end of our day. I now realize that they represent our light-heartedness, strength and creativity.

And the ability of our imaginations to soar the limitless.



Being Aimless

It is Tuesday. It has been almost a month since I last posted a blog on the ALC website. I have caught some down time and though it was fun answering questions with @alonalearning on the dating website, I realized that I could be doing this instead of that.

Like my mood, this post started as something aimless and unintentional. It’s floating, not quite knowing its purpose yet. I am grateful to be a space where I can do this openly and reflect on this honestly.

I don’t know what to do every moment of my life and/but I am paying more attention to what I choose to do in those moments. Minutes ago I was choosing to browse the forest of internet dating and felt myself falling into vortex of doing something only because I did not know what else to do. Now, I am writing this post to get myself back on track, both in this moment of not knowing what to do, and this month as I’ve fallen off the blog train.

I struggle with the blog reflective process. I have a deep resistance to writing, even though I just spent the last 19 years of my life practicing how. I’ve written A LOT but care little about any of it. Most of my writing is academic… research papers to be specific, and I now realize that I have trouble writing for any other purpose. I never kept journals or wrote anything down outside of school.  I am/was not confident. I remember trying over and over to write “for pleasure” and throwing a journal across the room in frustration because I didn’t know how to write for myself. I didn’t know how or understand its value.

The reflective emphasis we have in the ALC model has been incredibly healing for me. I am writing this because I know it will make me feel better to write about being unintentional instead of just doing so. I am releasing my judgement over what I write because ultimately what matters is that I write it, and release any fear of what others might think. If it so happens that you read and enjoy this too…awesome!

@tinocraf44 just asked me to draw. I’m going to do that now.


Your STEM Moment


Greetings ALC Universe. Many new and exciting happenings at ALC Mosaic this week.



  • Veterans Day with Dan!

-November 11th was Veterans Day and Dan came ready in uniform to share with the students his experience as a Veteran. We learned many cool things like How astronauts shower in space. In case you didn’t know this is how they do it.

We love Dan!
  • Since August @libby and @animalfreak9 have had the goal to Skateboard standing up. And now they’re doing it!!



  • We had morning work out three out of five days this week. Feeling pretty ripped. Andrew planked for FOUR MINUTES! Tessa maintained the splits for ELEVEN MINUTES. I am taking this push-up challenge. We choose our own exercises and we have been pulling inspiration from this website. Here is one of our favorites:


  • Geoguessr UPGRADE! Keeping up with Milo’s suggestion, we now take only 5 minutes per guess. Definitely increased the stakes of this challenge. Check out this map of the places we’ve been. Click on the pins to learn more about the areas! If you want to add to it, just request an invite from any of the ALC Facilitators.


  • I FINALLY traded @zelda my Thunderous EX card. @zelda is slowly curating a formidable Pokemon collection. @alobob, with his superior knowledge of the cards and their face value, facilitated the trade. I forget what I traded for… but the experience was very professional.


  • Liam‘s visit and the makey makey.

-Such a pleasure to see Liam from Asheville on Thursday. He brought with him (along with just general awesomeness) a makey makey. He and some folks spent the morning turning anything and everything into a button. ALC Mosaic was so inspired by this device that we are now scheming ways to hook it up to the door so that THIS will play to remind us to move our name tags!


  • Tai Chi! On Wednesday, @zelda led a Tai Chi class outside in the afternoon. The class was well attended and @sassygirl26 became an apprentice to @zelda. Thank you @zelda for this incredible offering that was masterfully led and scheduled.


  • In Ecology Club we set learning goals for our time together. We want to learn about different trees and their uses (inspired by Warrior Cats)

-We want to learn about birds through birding, and animals through tracking. Hopefully we will get some snow!

-As we were talking two hawks were circling overhead and calling. As usual!

  •  @libby’s Upgraded Kanban, with customized sticky holder, pen holder and labels.


From @libby’s Kanban, to @dthomasson’s stories, to @zelda’s offering, each of these experiences draw me back to the mullings: What is Agile Learning? And why is it important?

These question have come to me many times. In their most recent form, on Friday when @dthomasson and I attended a science educator meet-up at Zada Janes.

The meetup is for science, math, engineering and tech folks, and any other like-minded parties. Some are tied to the federal STEM initiative and others work for non and for profit entities invested in education.

The go-around prompt “What was you first STEM moment?” got the group to share stories of the powerful moments in their childhood, where they experienced the foundations of STEM and what it means for their practice.

A trend echoed throughout their responses. Each person reflected moments where they had the freedom to explore, and engage in relationship with people or the environment. The memories shared resembled every moment in an ALC.

One man spoke of when he was able to solder a hearing aid with his father under a microscope. “It was so cool” he said, the experience had a significant impact on him.

I think of our parents and facilitators and how we recognize the value, and have the courage to name these moments as learning. Almost every educator in the room could reflect the moments as children where they had the freedom to experience what ALCs hold for each and every day.

I always come back to @nancy’s What IF. When she asked one year ago, “What IF more children were happy and in a state of flow?” I am grateful to be a part of the answer as it evolves with us.