NOVA Lab–Second Day Reflection

One of the things we’ve discovered is that there are many ways to develop an entrepreneurial mindset.  Today was a great example.

After we touched back on the contributions we made yesterday about the story of why we took this class, Mr. Heidt introduced us to the poem below.

Mary Oliver--The Summer Day

While it might seem a poem is a strange intro to the entrepreneurial/innovator’s mindset, Mr. Heidt made it fit by connecting it with our class tagline:  “A space for innovation aspiration, respiration, creation.  He led us through a series of 4 freewritings about the poem wherein each one connected to either innovation, aspiration, respiration, or creation.  The questions themselves were as follows:

  • What inspires you in this poem? 
  • How does it ask you to aspire? (Does it create aspirations in you?)
  • Does it create space to breathe? (yes, no…why/how?) 
  • What will you create of yourself?

After we wrote for two minutes on each question, we had to approach our group “posters” and choose one line from out freewriting that we felt rang true for us.  Then, as groups, we wrote them on the backs of your posters.

These insightful nuggest of thought were chosen (1/student) as a way of gaining insight to the human mind or co other iterations thereof.

Published by Garreth Heidt

Designerly Minded High School Humanities and Liberal Studies Teacher Faculty Mentor FIRST Robotics Team #7414--PV Retrobotics. Constantly learning, trying to be more a maker and less a consumer of culture. I believe in the infinite value of a liberal education and the power of design thinking to help make the world a better place.

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