This Spartan Did

As I come to the end of Year 2, I am delighted!

I am delighted with myself, with my colleagues, with what I’ve learned, how I’ve changed and what I have accomplished. In reflecting on the summer, I see three main themes. I have illustrated each storyline to demonstrate my experiences rather than tell of my experiences.

  • The journey from a fixed mindset to a growth mindset.

The Journey Comic Strip

  • The journey from practice as something for others to something for myself.

  • A diary of much of my work and notable revelations in the past 4 weeks.

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A stanza from a poem called A Morning Offering by Irish poet John O’Donohue further expression my experience of MAET Year 2.

May my mind come alive today

To the invisible geography

That invites me to new frontiers,

To break the dead shell of yesterdays,

To risk being disturbed and changed.


Ideation was the focus of the Maker Project on Wednesday, and we brainstormed our “How might I…” questions in groups.  I have to say that this part of the process did not feel very useful.  Perhaps it is because I usually work by myself; perhaps it is because I tend to think I know best what to do, or that I had no confidence that a solution to my “what-can-I-make-for-my-project” dilemma exists.  It could be because we were lying on the floor!  Whatever the reason, I pulled myself together and focused on brainstorming my group members’ questions.  I must say, I found it quite comforting to see that other people had struggled with a question.  Maybe the process was more helpful that I originally gave it credit for!  If so, I didn’t notice that day.  My poster is still folded up and quietly resting on the desk in my room.