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We got amazing digital recording from interesting people all over Manhattan.  I broke my students up into groups of 4 students to work on one aspect of the history: stage, community, building/school, and future.  I am glad I did this because it would have been overwhelming to do this big of a project by themselves.  I brought in one expert in each area to help the students brainstorm where to find their information. The kids were so excited and went right to work. When it came time for them to put all the recordings together it became more difficult.  First they received amazing stories from so many with recording as long as 20 mins.  They had to cut all this to a 5 minute recording.  It is a hard job to decide what to keep and what to get rid of.  Then there was down time when only one or two kids could really do the work and the other two were bored or goofed off. 

I think next time I will break them into groups for the research but then have them take one interview or two and do the project for themself.

This project was my first one done by the students and I am so proud of them.  They became experts on how to cut on audacity and how to make one voice quiet or loud.  They were more excited in doing this project than most others this year.  They also know that these projects will be embedded in our USD website for all to see for years to come.  They are beaming with pride!  So maybe it is not perfect and maybe I could have done things differently but the amazing things they have learned about their school, their history, and technology with never be equalled!

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These reflections follow same learning curve as our K-State Continuing Education KELP Class 6-2005. Sharable take-aways from our NE-Kansas Advanced Leadership Project (Experiential Learning Community) were consistent with prior Twin Cities Knowledge Management Forum "Virtual Team Tactics" learning curves: Tell -> Show -> DO ->Review -Repeat ...
Lawrence Breakfast Optimist Club adopted these guidelines ...
Community Tool Box - Section 2. Survival Skills for Advocates
(Chapters 3... > Chapter 30. Principles of Advocacy >
Section 2. Survival Skills for Advocates >

Tonganoxie Optimist Club (TOC) OI-Chartering Checklist:
Here, you'll find a checklist summarizing the major points contained in the text.

Try these survival skills for advocacy:
___Accentuate the positive
___Emphasize your organization's accomplishments to the community
___Plan for small wins
___Present the issues in the way you want others to see them
___Develop your own public identity
___Check your facts
___Keep it simple
___Be passionate and persistent
___Be prepared to compromise
___Be opportunistic and creative
___Stay your course
___Look for the good in others
___Keep your eyes on the prize
___Make issues local and relevant
___Get broad based support from the start
___Work within the experiences of your group members
___Try to work outside the experiences of your opponents
___Make your opponents play by their own rules
___Tie your advocacy group's efforts to related events
___Enjoy yourself!

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