My journey back into teaching this school year has been a rewarding whirlwind. Times have changed since I taught seventeen years ago. Teaching at Metro Early College Middle School is a dream come true. Metro is a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) school. As a requirement, the students participate in a Design Challenge. This year the Challenge is focused on Smart Columbus. Students are challenged to use their imagination to create a transportation system that provides access to everyone. Students use the Stanford Design Thinking Process to prepare a written component, build a prototype, and create a presentation of their solution. Students have to understand empathy, putting themselves in the shoes of those who have no access to transportation, and develop an authentic solution.
WOW! I have been blown away with their imaginative, creative solutions to providing smart transportation for everyone! The students problem solve freely, are open-minded, and have no constraints.
This got me thinking. What would happen if we as SPG members thought like middle schoolers to provide and implement authentic solutions to the membership and growth of our organization? What would Sigma Phi Gamma look like in the future? If our responses to the questions are anything like the solutions generated from the Design Challenge at Metro, I bet SPG would be thriving! Let’s try to tackle our growth and expansion with an open mindset. Like those imaginative, creative, problem solving middle schoolers!