As our session comes to a close the Elementary studio begins the process of reflection. Reflection may seem like a useless task at times, especially in the fast paced, task by task, post by post, like by like, life we tend to live in as adults. For the ES Lions, reflection is one of the most important processes they take part in each session.
Reflection time allows our young heroes the opportunity to slow down, to remember the promises that they made to each other and to themselves just a few weeks ago. The promises that they spent hours creating, debating, revising, and voting for. They reflect on how they held themselves to these promises and how the studio as a whole did as well. The Lions use a scale of 1-5 to rate the success of each promise and write them on the white board.
Quickly our Lions noticed a pattern of self ratings being significantly higher than whole studio ratings for each of our promises. This realization led them to a deeper reflection. What or who is truly responsible for the health of the ES studio? Is it the systems and contracts that have been created and implemented? Is it the studio as a whole? Or is it the individual Lion?
As we continued though our reflection time we began noticing the ratings becoming more realistic. We heard from individuals raw honesty about how their own actions and attitudes may have affected the studio this session, along with ways that they would like to be held accountable in the future.
Sometimes as adults it can be hard to see the value in slowing down and in the proccesses. We find happiness and worth in what we have accomplished and in what our own children accomplish. We fear that they will not be as "far along" as their peers and look for scores and grades to measure their worth. Let's be honest! It's much harder to share with our friends the success in a self reflection, a resolved conflict, or in the lessons learned through a failed attempt because as a society we have chosen to find a higher value in a letter grade on a transcript or an SAT score.
Imagine what the future holds for the brave heroes that see the value in the process and not just in the accomplishment!♥️