Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Celebration and Appreciation

Celebration and Appreciation go hand in hand. To be able to celebrate what is going on in a community you must first understand and apprciate whats going on. For instance to be able to celebate the seniors graduating we have to appreciate all of their hard work in the past wo years at PSEC. They came to the school knowing that it was an experimental school and that nothing was set in stone. Yet they still pursued their education and have done a great job at making PSEC what they wanted it to be. Therefor this Friday we will celebrate and appreciate them.

Friday, June 02, 2006

Evaluation and Reflection

Evaluation and Reflection a great way to look back at what you have accomplished and see what went well and what still needs work. For example Elyse and I performed a Diversity Day Community meeting, it went great. However there are some things that could be worked on to make it run smoother. WE could have gotten the word out there sooner, more posters, emails, etc. We could have made the directions on what to bring clearer so that there was no confusion. But there is no use worrying over them now, we just have to take this information and apply it to next time so that it runs even smoother.

Friday, May 26, 2006


Diversity is a way to show the variety within a group whether it be a social group, a school, a communtiy, etc.

This week in our community meeting Elyse and I performed our Arts of Demoncracy project. We based it on the diversity of our school. For me I do see this great variety of backgrounds and life experiences, however as well as I know people there are still some individuals that I know very little about. Through our speed friendship exercise I hope that people walked away with a better understanding of the diversity within our PSEC community.

Friday, May 19, 2006

Public Judgement

Public Judgement is a way to get feedback from an audience.

For the one powerpoint that I recieved I felt that it had great suggestions and examples for hoiw to accomplish those goals. However visually I didnt feel that it was very appealing. Their conclusion slide, though, really makes it feel like the audience can make a difference in changing PSEC.


THe Ideal PSEC presentations went well. All of the groups had great ideas, although I wuold have liked to have seen more examples of how they wished to achieve those goals.

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Political Imagination

Title: Can Washington grow its own biodiesel?

Political imagination involves thinking about your future and how to achieve that ideal future. Washington thinking about its fuel situation is a great example of this. As the demand for gasoline increases the supply decreases. To be able to maintain our current lifestyle an alternate fuel sorce will be needed.

Negotiation and Mediation

Title: Ex-Secretary Of State Albright Proposes Direct Talks With Iran

Negotiation and mediation are the best way to solve a conflict. Negotiation involves a win-win-win solution and mutual gain for all parties. With the problems with Iraq and pressing issues with Iran negotiation and mediation are a neccessity to our country currently. This article talks about how instead of assuming that invading another country is the way to go, we should sit down and work through a negotiation.

Defintion: Coming to a mutual agreement that creates a win-win-win solution for all parties involved.

Creative Conflict

Newspaper Article:
Title: Shoreline Students Walk Out In Protest

Creative Conflict in a way is creatively coming to an agreement that solves a dispute.
This story is a great example of this because the students of Shorewood Highschool saw the fact that teachers were being cut as a problem. After discovering that a mistake in the budget would result in a downsizing of the falculty, students became outraged. When noticing that their district had 3 superintendents they decided that the best solution would be to let go of two of un-needed S.I.'s and give their salaries to the needed teachers. To show how serious they were about their "creative" solution they took to the streets on May 9, 2006 and have mailed letters explaining their concerns.

Defintion: creatively coming up with a solution to a problem.
Example in Real Life: My mom wanted me to give her a bracelet of mine because she had the necklace to match...however I was reluctant because the bracelet was a Christmas gift from my uncle. After much heartache we came to a solution where we would share the bracelet when I wasn't wearing it she could wear it with the intentions of returning it when I wished to wear it.

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Active Listening

This week in Arts of Democracy we focused on the art of Active Listening. To help learn this trait we participated in an activity where we actively listened to a classmate for 5 minutes in turn we were listened to. I feel that this was a great method for us to learn. We were forced to hear and listen to what our partners were saying about how they have changed over the course of the year. Through this excercise I learned a lot more about B.J. that I would not have otherwise known. I also feel that B.J. learned quite a bit more about me. So all in all Kudos to the excercise. I feel much more confident in my active listening skills now that we as a class have gone over how to correctly participate in active listening.