Adjacent Potential

There is a world of infinite possibilities available to all of us on any given day at any given moment. As much as we would all like to believe that ideas are singular and spontaneous moments of insight and genius, that simply isn’t true. Ideas form in networks. This is the concept of the adjacent potential, which originated from Stuart Kauffman’s work with biological evolution. Without getting too technical and scientific, Kauffman, a theoretical biologists, is...

A Windy Day

When was the last time you believed that you could change the world? I was ten years old.  Fifth grade.  I remember going out on the field for recess.  It was an incredibly windy day that afternoon; the kind of wind where you could almost lean forward into the gusts and you didn’t fall down.  Buster Keaton style.  I got this crazy idea that I would attempt to stop the wind.  I grabbed two sticks...

Importance of STEM Foundational Thinking Concepts in Education

  STEM foundational thinking is important for integrating content areas in a transdisciplinary approach to public education.  The foundational thinking skills that students learn through STEM education will help them throughout their education careers and beyond.  Specifically in the Elementary grade levels, Elementary-school students are most likely to gain STEM foundational thinking when they have opportunities to engage in in-depth investigations of phenomena around them worthy of their knowledge and understanding (Katz & Chard, 2000). ...

Dents

  There have been a few things on my mind recently.  The first one deals with the above quote.   I have always admired Steve Jobs, but when I finished reading his biography, his drive to be innovative and create something the world has never seen, infected me.  I completely agree with the fact that we exist to do something.  Jobs felt that it was to do something great.  I am feeling a loss of purpose,...

When was the last time you believed that you could change the world?

I was ten years old.  Fifth grade.  I remember going out on the field for recess .  It was an incredibly windy day that afternoon; the kind of wind where you could almost lean forward into the gusts and you didn’t fall down.  Buster Keaton style.  I got this crazy idea that I would attempt to stop the wind.  I grabbed two sticks from the ground and climbed to the top of a large hill...

The Breakfast Club

  I recently watched the breakfast club again.  Man, I love that movie!  Lately, however, I have been seeing things through a different lens.  As I was watching Alison, Claire, Bender, Brian, and Andrew painfully sacrificing their Saturday for detention, I began thinking about expectations.  Specifically, lowered expectations.  Of course, this theme is reinforced at the end of the movie when Brian agrees to write the essay that the school’s disciplinary principal, Mr. Vernon, Mr....

7 Steps to Becoming a Change Agent

NOUN A change agent is a person from inside or outside the organization who helps an organization transform itself by focusing on such matters as organizational effectiveness, improvement, and development.   Whenever anyone wants to find information, especially to “What is” questions, they Google it.  When you Google “change agent” or “what is a change agent”, you get a ridiculous amount of entries.  There are a lot of good definitions out there regarding agents of...

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