Thursday, August 29, 2013


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Background: Being ever a believer is using multi-media to learn, I stumbled upon the movie, Pay It Forward, on television this summer and it got me thinking. Mind you my grandmother, used to call television the "idiot-box" because in the days of no Internet many people spent countless hours sitting in front of it just watching TV shows as participating in life passed them by. I saw a scene in the movie where the 7th grade teacher gave his class the project to 

"THINK of an IDEA to CHANGE the World and PUT it into ACTION."

Scene from Pay It Forward.

I also read a book, Innovation, recommended by a fellow teacher (Mrs. Pavia) which not only talked developing innovations that are STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) related, but they included the category of Social related Innovations which answered my concern. You see, I am not a STEM-kind of person, but I am a Socially Conscious kind of guy, so that is what I would pick...

Project Organization:  

Phase One (PLAN) Marking Period One:  Brainstorm & PLAN Your Innovation Project

Phase Two (PREPARE) Marking Period Two:  PREPARE Your Innovation Project

Phase Three (EXECUTE) Marking Period Three:  Finalize and EXECUTE Your Innovation Project

Phase Four (IMPLEMENT) Marking Period Four: Implement Your Innovation Project...start changing the world. 

Summer: Think of Your Next Year's Project ...or if approved, how to expand your Innovation Project...


Research the concepts of: 

  • STEM, Social Causes, and INNOVATION.
  • Discuss the concept of "brainstorming" and researching to support it.
  • Familiarize yourself with the concept of Project Management and Program Management.
  • Learn how to develop a Plan of Action & Milestones (POA&M).  

We will work on this periodically throughout the year in class, but you are expected to figure out a way to change the world at the school, community, group, city, state, country, or global level....

The Realm of Possibility is within each of you, what are you going to do with it....Use it or let it atrophy....?

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