“Most people, upon reaching the top,
look down and enjoy the view.
The smart money is on looking up
and finding new mountains to climb.”


These are the things everyone is responsible for completing…

Weekly Requirements

Hello [go_get_displayname], welcome to your first full week of inquiry! When my kids were young and they’d tell me all this stuff they were going to do, I’d say, “Don’t tell me…show me.”

Well, friend, that’s where we are today. Enough talk…it’s time for action. Below is a glimpse of what you can expect this week. The trail will be a hard one to travel at times, but that’s just fine. As we’ve said before…we can do hard things.

This week, you’re going to complete the following:

  1. ADVENTURE: Getting Organized
    • Before you jump in the deep end, please complete this adventure so you have a good example of how you might stay organized through your research/learning.
  2. Start your Inquiry
  3. Weekly Conference
  4. Publish your DPU


As a capable, respected member of this learning community, you are expected to get right to work. If you don’t understand something, your process should look something like this…


  1. Go back to the online resources here in The Narrows that might help you understand what you’re confused about. Read/watch/take notes with the intention of understanding.
    • Please don’t expect others to help you if you haven’t first done your best to figure things out on your own.
    • As the Swedish proverb suggests, “The best place to find a helping hand is at the end of your own arm.”
  2. Find a class-mate who knows how to do what you’re unsure about, and ask them for help.
    • *IF* you are the person someone asks for help, and you provide that help, please ping me on Basecamp and let me know exactly how you served your classmate(s). As you surely recall, in The Narrows, we value service to others.
  3. If you’re still confused, please see the Guide.
    • The Guide is here to help, but he’s not here as a crutch. If he bails you out by answering every question you have (questions that you should know the answers to already), he’s doing you a disservice. He’s teaching you that you’re not capable of taking control of your own learning. And you are. So he’ll expect you to behave accordingly, and he’ll only help when he see’s that you’re truly struggling to improve yourself, and to do the very hard work that learning and growing require.

Your required tasks are below. With a short period, time is of the essence.

ADVENTURE: Getting Organized

Prepare for Your Conference

Remember, during your conference, you’ll need to be prepared with/to…

  • Give a 60 second update
  • Bring all tangible things you’ve done in the past week
  • Discuss short term goals
  • Discuss long term goals

Take some time now to get yourself organized and ready to do all of the above.

Your required tasks are listed below.


  • This will either be developing your inquiry OR going through the Coursera course you’ve chosen.

YOUR WEEKLY CONFERENCE (*IF* today is your day)

Hello Friends…

Sadly, the VistaPLAcademy.vistausd.org site is still down. So here’s the plan. We will publish our DPUs on Monday instead of today.

And as I think about it, that’s a better day to do that anyway (short period), so going forward, your DPUs ARE NOW DUE ON MONDAY’S INSTEAD OF FRIDAYS.

As I mentioned, I will NOT be accepting late DPUs. You have everything you need to complete everything you’re responsible for (The Narrows, The VPLA site, all inquiry resources and Coursera courses are online), so even if you’re absent on Monday (or any other day, for that matter), there’s NO reason you can’t get this done. You’ll have Friday after school and all weekend to get this done, as well as Monday in class if you’re here. No excuses.

I have re-organized our conferencing groups, and I’ll be letting you know what they are, and when your weekly conference is today. We’ll start those next week.

Your required tasks are listed below.


  • This will either be developing your inquiry OR going through the Coursera course you’ve chosen.



These are the extra things you may choose to do throughout the week if you like.

The following are things you may choose to do for additional miles (MI) as well as capital (C) – not to mention to grow and learn and become better. Sometimes these optional items will relate directly to the work you’re doing, other times they will be random. Either way, they represent things the Guide feels are worth your time. As always, though, the required items above are the priority. Feel free to do these on your own time as well.

No new optional adventures this week…yet. :)