I spent two days last week in a seminar called Transforming Lives. It was presented by an organization called Human Systems Dynamics Institute and it has helped me look at organizations and human interaction differently. Their concepts are based on chaos and systems theory in the natural sciences. Those principles of self organization and butterfly effect that are present in physics and biology have been applied to organizations to help us understand how one small change or interaction can effect an entire organization, positively or negatively. This seminar applied the concepts particulary to educational situations.
In addition to the great content of the seminar, I was impressed and encouraged by the other members of the class. Many of the participants were public school and university teachers. Their excitement about the learning process and their eagerness to share what they learned were inspiring. We hear so much about what is wrong with education and educators these days, it was stimulating to be with educators from all levels of public education and be reminded that a tremendous amount of good work is happening in classrooms from kindergarten to graduate school.
Being with those teachers also made me keenly aware of how much I miss the TCC faculty when you are gone for the summer. I appreciate the professional exchange I have with each of you and I eagerly await your return.
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