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Chapter 9 The Response to Renewal

Geoffrey M Bellman Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

Enough of the roots in the past; enough of the reach to the future—it’s time to discuss the present. How do we respond in this moment—that fraction of time that every other moment is known through? How do we breathe life into this moment? What do we do now? This chapter offers five answers to these questions, assertions to guide your responses to the renewal opportunities that come up again and again. Use these guides to stimulate your own beliefs about the stance you take toward work as it confronts you every day. Here are the headlines:

These five assertions are more immediate than those we reviewed earlier; these live in the moment. You can remind yourself of them while you are listening to others or making a point of your own. You can use these points to assess how you are commu nicating in a meeting right now. These are empowering assertions—for you and for the people you are working with. The assertions help you seek clarity and progress.96

There is no one answer; there are no answers; there are many answers; there is no right answer—all are permutations of the same difficult truth. This is a hard assertion to argue for (partly because it is itself an answer), with all of us schooled in getting the right answer and getting it first. But experience doesn’t seem to bear out what we learn in school. Years of organizational change projects show that 60 to 80 percent of organizational change efforts fail to achieve what they set out for. Most of those efforts thought they had “the” answer. Yet we continue to create organizations that do not work well. Despite all of the talent and resources we pour into them, we haven’t found the compelling, right way. Our more enlightened self may say, “Of course not!” and our less enlightened self says, “Damn!”

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Chapter 2: Getting Started

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5. Introduction to the BioBuilder Labs

Natalie, PhD. Kuldell O'Reilly Media ePub

The engineer’s process of “design-build-test” is similar to the scientific method of “hypothesize-test-analyze.” And though these processes are most often presented as linear endeavors that start with “design” for engineers and “hypothesis” for scientists, in reality they are iterative efforts that can begin at any point in the cycle. Consequently, the hands-on BioBuilder activities have several points of entry into the design-build-test paradigm and are intended to generate more scientific hypotheses, tests, and analyses. With any of the BioBuilder activities, you can explore the connection between the scientific and engineering approaches as you evaluate rationally designed living systems. Maybe you’ll want to pursue scientific exploratory options that launch from the starting material we provide, or maybe you’ll want to design new systems that work more reliably than the ones we provide or that meet new needs. Either way, this short preview of the scientific and engineering approaches in the BioBuilder labs is intended to frame these efforts within the practices of each field.

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1.1. Introduction

Jonathan Gennick O'Reilly Media ePub

This book is an attempt to cram the most useful information about SQL into a pocket-size guide. It covers data manipulation and transaction control statements, datatypes, and table creation and modification for the following platforms:

Not all syntax will work on all platforms, and some features may not be available in earlier releases of these products. Whenever possible, I've tried to note any product or release dependencies.

This book cannot possibly cover all SQL syntax for all products. Its goal is to cover the syntax most commonly used by developers. If you need comprehensive and authoritative syntax, refer to the SQL reference manual for your database platform.

After this introduction, topics are organized alphabetically, with section names carefully chosen to correspond to relevant SQL keywords. If you need help writing a join, for example, you should be able to quickly flip through the book and find the section titled "Joining Tables" between the sections "Inserting Data" and "Literals." Consult the table of contents and/or the index if you don't immediately find what you're looking for.

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Chapter 3: The Freedom to Teach

Will Richardson Solution Tree Press ePub

If we are to transfer agency over the learning process to our students and create an environment and a culture in schools that support a greater freedom to learn, what exactly is the role of a teacher? Suffice it to say, I think there is a hugely important role for adults to play in schools moving forward. It’s just a different one from the role they’ve played to date. Their role is no longer the subject-matter expert as much as it is the person who creates the conditions for kids to learn deeply and powerfully in the classroom. While we can’t control a child’s passions or interests (nor would we want to), we can control the extent to which those passions and interests flourish in his or her time with us, all of which tracks pretty closely to what those participants in the Big Ideas Global Summit in 2010 concluded.

In thinking about the changing role of teachers at a moment when students have more opportunities to learn on their own, the participants of the summit felt that:

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