By mo/am Alice
(Part 1 of 3)
“They would think she was savoring the taste (blueberries, cinnamon, cream-excellent), but she was actually savoring the whole morning, trying to catch it, pin it down, keep it safe before all those precious moments became yet another memory.” ― Liane Moriarty, What Alice Forgot
It’s over (meantime). MindGym LET Chapter 7: September 2012 LET. Now, I have a room full of LET materials, a camera with thousands of LET pictures I took, a head loaded with “what-next-to-do” for LET 2013, a heart heaping with happy memories of past coaching sessions, and bright hopes for our LETers’ future.
In my younger years, after an event, a project, or a trip, I would spend hours labelling souvenirs, cutting photos, maps, tickets, and brochures and keeping memory scraps in a makeshift album. I thought I would have more time to do these sentimental collectibles when I grow older; I still don’t. But, my intention to keep memories tangibly and look back at them, remained. This is my first attempt at recapitulating a season of LET from the eyes of a mo/am who has always been around. All LET seasons at MindGym are unique. I will remember this batch for its 4Fs: Firsts, Fun, Food, and Friendship.
A string of “first times” happened in the batch as our LET team (Albert, Melane, and me) planned:
→ LET materials: first use of the final published form of MindGym’s LETers Choice; first soft-bound colored workbook for majorship reviews; first modification in Professional Education presentation sequence
→ LET venue: first time to do offsite LET review in three different locations:
1) The summer batch braved the heat of the midday sun walking from MindGym to Pan de Amerikana restaurant and endured the noise of clanging dishes to do GenEd Physics drills with Coach Precious Gamboa – due to a power emergency at the center!
2) Elementary level LETers took their mock LET at nearby NATCCO building’s board room since MindGym’s La Casa MIA couldn’t house everyone.
3) MindGym’s reach spread out to the University of Southern Mindanao – Kabacan campus where Coach Albert and I, along with MindGym’s LET national Top 1 Jean Millare teaches educators-to-be.
→ First “no table” LET final coaching, which we thought at first would make LETers uneasy since they had to be brushing elbows and shoulders the whole day with each other.
→ LET activities:
1) First Boodle Fight, the MindGym way
2) First ceremonial tree planting, tree-hugging on Science Coaching day. We now have a growing Rambutan tree!
3) First online chat through Skype for MindGym LETers who are reviewing remote from La Casa MIA building and doing it at their own time, pace, and place.
4) In Math, coaches tried using a tablet mouse to show calculations
Lessons gained: First times may not be perfect but at least they are good starts to improve on. First times create pleasant mysteries to solve along the way and enhances learning. First times serve as valuable lessons by their very nature.
(Watch out for part 2 of 3 tomorrow!)