The Beauty of Design

The Beauty of Design

Coffee Cup that says Begin

The Beauty of Design

By: Rachael Long

 

Do you see a face or a vase

In the picture above, do you see a face or a vase? Maybe, you see both? I use this illustration as a reminder that we all see different things when facing a prototype, challenge, or opportunity. In my line of work I have come to realize that it’s not necessarily about what’s in front of you, but about where you can take it. The power to reimagine is an incredible gift that we all have.

What is possible is only up to our imagination. Take a minute and try this activity with me: draw the palm of your hand and the start of each finger (see sketch example below), but don’t finish each finger. Take 5 minutes (here’s a timer for you) and reimagine what each finger could become if there was no limit. When your time is up, keep scrolling.

Reimagine hand drawing

Hard to start isn’t it? Moving from predictability to possibility can seem hard when there are truly many options to choose from. However, the beauty in that 5-minute challenge was not in the designs themselves, but in the willingness to take an action step. The hardest part in my own work with design thinking has been taking that step. But, my friends, can I be honest? I have never regretted one step thus far in the process! Moving from what we see to what we can do is not a simple shift, but each step can bring about a new vision or opportunity for us and for those that we impact in our daily work. That is the true beauty of design!

So, I want to encourage you to take time this week to reimagine. It could be a meeting, an office space, a lesson plan, or even a classic dinner dish your family loves. There is joy in this process. What will you reimagine this week?

I’ve placed my hand design below and would love to see yours too! Happy reimagining my dear friends.

Reimagine Hand Drawn

The following post was taken from the ChangeMakers for Impact network, a part of Incubate to Innovate, a company that provides educators with best practices, tools, and an online collaborative network to transform teaching and learning experiences and environments using innovation to prepare students with 21st-century skills. To learn more, please click here.

Meals for Minneapolis

Meals for Minneapolis

We are tremendously excited to begin the Meals for Minneapolis Outreach and Fundraiser for the seventh consecutive year. If you are new to MCA or just this fundraiser, we would like to share some important information with you. For our veteran families we want to thank you for making this event a perennial blessing to the school and community and invite you to register your family by clicking here and then click the Participate button.

MORE ABOUT MEALS FOR MINNEAPOLIS

Who is Meals for Minneapolis for?

  • Meals for Minneapolis is for everyone, this fundraiser aligns with our mission as followers of Christ to aid our communities.
  • Families will use our fundraising software to set up a personalized website in seconds.
  • Friends, relatives, and others will be invited to give by MCA families through the sites that are set up.
  • MCA students perform an outreach in line with the Christian mission of the school by packing 35,000 meals.
  • The Twin Cities food shelves receive the meals our students prepare and help strengthen our community.

What is Meals for Minneapolis Outreach and Fundraiser?
The Meals for Minneapolis Outreach & Fundraiser (M4M) is an exciting event that includes a simple fundraiser and an all-school outreach. In short, we will be packing 35,000 meals for the community and raising $65,000 for MCA.

When is Meals for Minneapolis?
Fundraising opens Monday, October 21 and concludes Friday, November 15 with the Meal Packing Event at MCA.

Where do the 35,000 meals packed by students go?
All the meals our students pack will be going straight to local food shelves. To date, MCA has packed 130,000 meals through this outreach.

Why does MCA have the Meals for Minneapolis Outreach and Fundraiser?
Maranatha Christian Academy prides itself on our connection to the ideals and teachings of God. Meals for Minneapolis is a win-win for the school and the local community, a fundraiser and outreach that aligns with our mission as Christ followers.

Thank you in advance for your participation to both raise funds to advance Christian K–12 education and help our local community. A special “Thank You,” to our Title Sponsor, Michael A. Matheson for his support once again.

What if I Fail?

What if I Fail?

What If I Fail Grow Through Failure

What If I Fail?

By: Joanna Richter

How many of you like sharing about a failure?

I recently observed a 5th grade art class where the teacher was leading a discussion with students about using art to inspire others. The teacher passed out cards that asked a group of students a question, such as, If you could create a brand-new board game, what would the game be called, how would the game be played, and how would the person win? The only rule the students had to follow was to draw out their answer.

Immediately students began to shut down, and make statements such as,

“that’s too hard.”

“what if my drawing is bad and no one understands it?”

Students were being fearful of the unknown and the possibility that they could fail.

People struggle with the idea of failure. Always allowing the thought in the back of their mind to be, “what if I fail?”

Choosing to Grow Through Failure opens the door for authenticity, yet many of us struggle to share our moments of failure.

If you think about any good story, you will be reminded of the failures or moments of despair that the characters go through. It is in sharing the failures that make the story one that we choose to engage in. If the character never had to overcome or never grew through failure, the ending of the story would not be so victorious.

The next time you set out to tell your story, ask yourself,

In what areas have I experienced failure?

How did I take that failure as an avenue that pointed me towards growth?

How can I share that failure with my audience to inspire? 

 

The following post was taken from the ChangeMakers for Impact network, a part of Incubate to Innovate, a company that provides educators with best practices, tools, and an online collaborative network to transform teaching and learning experiences and environments using innovation to prepare students with 21st-century skills. To learn more, please click here.

God’s Love Letter

God’s Love Letter

Memorizing Scriptrue

God’s Love Letter

By: Tim Brown

If I were to offer you $1,000 for every Bible verse you memorized in the next 24 hours, what would your reaction be? If you’re like me, it would be a pretty simple response of calling into work, loading up on caffeine, and going to town (John 11:35, 1 Thessalonians 5:17, and Job 3:2 would be obvious starting points).

The interesting thing is that I can imagine my schedule rearranging all around because of a challenge like this, but apart from a looming cash stack, motivation can be a slog. Proverbs 16:16 says

“How much better to get wisdom than gold, to choose understanding rather than silver.”

If I am really taking God seriously, it means I have to take his Word seriously: he promises that His wisdom is worth more than any amount of cash I could dream of filling my bank account.

The Bible will pay back dividends you can’t find anywhere else as you trust God to reveal Himself through it. Take Him at his word, meditate on it day and night, and He will make you “like a tree planted by streams of water that bears its fruit in its season” (Psalm 1:3).

I encourage you to take some time and open up God’s love letter to you this week; God Himself promises that time spent with Jesus is precious and never wasted.

Do You Have a Plan B (To Z)?

Do You Have a Plan B (To Z)?

Loving Plan B to Z: BAPPP Method

Do You Have a Plan B (To Z)?

By: Rachael Long

“Pivot with perseverance” is probably my favorite mindset to ask students about. You should see the eye rolls when I ask them if they have “pivoted” in a tough situation. While they, as well as me might not love finding an alternative plan, it truly is an important skill to master for all of us (even if it comes with an eye roll or two).

We live in a world where knowledge moves at crazy fast speeds and sometimes what we had planned won’t work. Over the years I have learned to not treat this as a frustrating roadblock, but instead a period of re-imagining other options (usually with a good Google search of ideas involved). I love how this one person described it as a “tool to discover additional growth—growth you might otherwise have overlooked” (Spoon, 2012). What a cool mindset when you consider that, right?

Yet, if you are like me, embracing the pivot and persevering into different plans can still be difficult. This is usually where I have to talk myself down from the frustration of my plan, in order to motivate myself to make the pivot. Here is a technique you might be able to try with yourself or in a small group, when needing to make the pivot. I call it BAPPP (because that is fun to say out loud and teachers LOVE acronyms):

  • B: Breathe, because I know that often times when needing to create a solution my first reaction is to do, not to be, and this can further dive me into a world of stress and frustration. Take a breath, there are many solutions ahead!

  • A: Ask, because question marks move farther than periods when making solutions. What is the end goal? What can I change? How can I adapt this? What other ideas were discussed at the brainstorming level?

  • P: Pause, because it is important to always reflect on what the end goal is. This midpoint reflection has saved me from a lot of bad plan B’s and Z’s, as I get time to look ahead at how the prototype or solution might play out.

  • PP: Pivot + Persevere, because you have momentum now and it is important to have confidence in your solution! YOU ARE A DESIGNER!

As you embrace the pivot that inevitably finds us all in our workplace, may it be a time of beautiful re-imagination and I hope that you, too, come to love plans B through Z. Happy Friday, friends.

Reference: Spoon, A. (2012). “What ‘Pivot’ Really Means.” Retrieved from https://www.inc.com/alan-spoon/what-pivot-really-means.html on 8/5/19.

 

The following post was taken from the ChangeMakers for Impact network, a part of Incubate to Innovate, a company that provides educators with best practices, tools, and an online collaborative network to transform teaching and learning experiences and environments using innovation to prepare students with 21st-century skills. To learn more, please click here.

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