How does it work, concretely?
Every Monday morning, we have a set-the-week meeting: it is a meeting where we introduce and schedule trips, projects, classes, games, film screenings, etc. , which we refer to as "offerings". Resource people make offerings and get commitments from those interested. There are progress checks on regular offerings to decide whether they should continue. Groups working on long-term projects increase their work days or rehearsals as benchmarks and showcases approach. Possibilities become plans and they get posted on a weekly schedule board where they are easily referenced through the week.
Dat School has stand-up Morning Meetings. In these meetings, each person stands up and one a a time, states their intentions for the day and makes any requests for support they may need. This simple process takes only ten to fifteen minutes, but it starts each day with intention, accountability, and a chance for cross-pollination. Standing keeps the energy up and gets everyone ready to jump into the day.
The learning cycle that begins with Morning Meeting’s intention sharing comes full circle during the Afternoon Meeting. This meeting focuses on personal and group reflection. We take this time to ask, “Did we accomplish what we intended to? If so, how? If not, why not?”
These meetings create a feedback cycle through which learners grow in self-awareness. Documentation tools are regularly used during these meetings, to further support students in self-assessing their progress towards their goals, recognizing patterns in their time-management and decision-making, and deciding what–if anything–they want to change when they approach their intentions the next day.