This Tuesday’s installment of GRS featured a significant time for prep-work on our Collaborative Conversations at Seneca Park Zoo Tuesday the 24th. We started class off by riding the elevator between the first and fourth floors and timing our journeys with a partner. We put all of our times together and found the average of the trips. In the meantime we used out Do-Nows and employed a technique called “Pass-Read-Steal.” Our idea theft prompted a conversation on “authentic learning spaces” containing a good deal of praise of our classmates for their ideas on what constitutes an authentic learning space or how to make a place authentic. After snack and a video to Mike’s grandfather for his 85th birthday we were back to talking about our Collaborative Conversations. Our elevator experiment turned out to be a measurement for how long our “elevator pitches” should be; something everyone else seemed to have made the connection pretty early on. We determined our elevator pitches should be about 35 seconds long and were sent off with our partners to create our pitches. These first drafts were then presented to the class while everyone critiqued and helped to polish the pitches to be short and enticing.