Sunshine 92 deg F Humid
We had another interesting night at the guest house. The power went off about 11:00 pm and stayed off until about 5:00 pm today. Fortunately I was prepared for today and my computer was fully charged. I plug it in during the seminar, but I want to be prepared in case UNOGA has a power problem. We were also without water last night and didn’t think we would be able take showers this morning, but Maxo had the water running by the time we got up. As minimal as they are (a small stream of cold water), they are better than no shower.
Rita is recovering from the bee stings – the swelling has gone way down. My skin on my face and arms seems to be irritated by the mosquito repellent. Rita offered me some of her skin lotion and it seems to help. Otherwise we are fit and hardy and keeping up with the seminar.
The student comments on their journals were again interesting. Several commented on the tower building.
When you build something, you have to have a good base to make it stand.
You can make a start that doesn’t work, but start over and be successful.
You can make a better design and build it quickly, if you work together.
Groups can have the same goal (building a tower) but accomplish it in different ways.
One student made a connection between a Tricky Question and the process of building a tower and appeared to generalize the idea that something you learn in one place can be useful in another.
The students made an attempt to be aware of their senses and most came up with a situation in which they were aware of one of their senses. They appeared to like the idea. I will give them more input tomorrow.
The M. C. Escher Waterfall was difficult on several levels. The copy I had was not as clear as I would have liked. They had some difficulty understanding what they were looking at, e.g., recognizing the water as being water. Some also wanted to know where the building was located and what it was used for. They did see that it was somehow odd. I explained that it came from an artist’s mind and that it is impossible to build. I was able to use that to point out that in our minds we can have images of things that are real, things that are possible, and even things that are impossible. They liked that.
The Tricky Q Rope Ladder was very difficult. All groups tried to do computations and continued to have difficulty when it was explained. Rita solved the problem by cutting the bottom half off of a water bottle and floating the cap while we added water. I could see the lights go on.
The HM Route exercise from the Montreal group was very easy for them. They did enjoy showing off by maximizing the route along the water. I think this one was too easy and I probably wouldn’t use it again.
What happens next: Woman on road. A woman walks down the mountain carrying something. Where is she going? What happens next? Today I had each group do their own exercise. Their stories were significantly different. one was creative and did not have a happy ending. Tomorrow I will insist that they take turns going around the group, so that all members must actively participate. I think that I will also make some types of responses (those that are used too much) off limits, to promote creative thinking.
Another good day!
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