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INSIGHT: What Have You Learned?

Peter Nicholson

Foresight Prep Diary 7: Fostering Inflections
Teaching, especially teens, requires faith. You have to enjoy the process because you rarely know to what you’re ultimately contributing. I’m fortunate that my students tend to come ripe to learn. There is satisfaction in satisfying and fueling their curiosity. During our two weeks together, I try to pack in just slightly more than they can handle. They can process the overflow later, as will I. The potential for inflection flows both ways. Their humor, quick and deep camaraderie, and thirst for experiential knowledge provides rich lessons. Their struggles require empathy, but without pandering, whether it’s comprehending a new perspective, learning to work better in a team, or yes—even figuring out how to creatively conceal an unexpected “neck bruise” inflicted outside the watchful eye of the supervising adults. Separated by years of learning, missteps, and occasional revelations, we are in this sustainability thing together. I try to inspire them with new chasms to explore, the same way that they—these frustrating, enlightened, awkward, funny, unwitting, graceful, confused, unpredictable representatives from our future—motivate me with their constantly unfolding mysteries.