Despite the dreary weather outside, the atmosphere at our group meeting tonight was cheerful and optimistic. In replace of our usual Slavin meeting, we decided to meet off campus at my house and bond over something other than education: pasta.
I can’t speak for the group, but I felt that tonight’s meeting was the most productive meeting yet and the most honest. We addressed any misconstrued texts/facebook posts that could have come off snippy and worked together to move past them. Most importantly, we agreed on the importance of meeting face to face in order to progress as a group. Having those honest conversations are essential to not only bonding but to the overall success of the group. In this case, I define ‘success’ as being able to collaborate and build off of other member’s stories, experiences, knowledge and research.
So, after we gluttonously indulged ourselves with pasta (!!!!!) we got down to business. Despite midterms, work, personal stress, everyone made an effort to be at the meeting tonight. That is more than I can say for myself these past two weeks, so I applaud you guys and want to thank you for prioritizing the group.
In terms of the meeting, we covered a lot of material. We discussed updates with community partners (DAE, Generation X, and still waiting to hear back from Youth in Action). We all agreed that despite the dreaded lit review, we are so psyched to collaborate with a community partner.
We also thought it could be cool to try and implement something sustainable from the community partnership we established. For example, if we work with generation x, having the students come to PC as an afterschool club and write or talk about this pictures. Who says their work has to stop when we turn in our thesis?
We also talked about rediscovering our purpose and what motivated us to research education. Everyone contributed personal stories for this, whether it was related to abroad experiences or working in bi-lingual classrooms in Rhode Island. This conversation alone added a great deal of depth to our entire project because we were able to really hear why each of us chose this group.
Also, might I add that this could have been the most essential part of the meeting, we decided that we (hopefully) are going to relocate our weekly meetings to cafes around Providence. If we move our meetings up to 5 or 530pm we could meet at Duck and Bunny or Olgas Cup and Saucer and that way we’d be back for nightly meetings.
I was also able to post my autobiography! Granted it took about 2 hours…(thanks guys for waiting) but it should be all set. Finally!
To conclude this post, we all provided quick objectives regarding where we hope to be at next Tuesday’s meeting.
Anne: Has overall framework but needs to find sources that further back up what she’s saying. (I.e. will continue to look at the books she has, etc).
Taylor: Focus more on ‘what i’m doing about language’ — narrow down the topic and scope (foreign language, bilingual education, global language–have to choose one!)
Lynnzie: Hope to have read more things and to start trying to answer the basic but hard questions that Anne posted from talking with Kara/ figure out direction of paper
Grace: I need to pick a topic. I’m stuck between Southeast Asian education and identity and language- if I could somehow combine the two that would be ideal. I also wrote a shorter research paper abroad on language and identity which could be a great foundation for this paper if I chose to go that way. In the meantime I need to keep READING. And posting on other people’s blogs.
Brenna: Plans to keep researching and figure out the direction of her paper
We are also hoping to meet with Leah, either after class or at the Duck and Bunny, because she wrote her thesis on education. We’re going to plan that out this week, hopefully she won’t be too busy with her work schedule!
As a group, we want to continue progressing together. This means more posts on other people’s blogs, more comments on each others posts, more communication (and maybe using the chalkboards in Feinstein or lower level of the library?).