Setting Conditions for Powerful Learning — Adjacent Opportunities

In a complex system, we can’t always point to clear, direct causes for the results we want to see. Root causes, influences, triggers, sources–life is too messy. Our actions and reactions are too massively entangled for us to sort out those direct causal paths. Ron Schulz points to “adjacent opportunities and the failure of simple answers.” In a recent post in Emergence: Complexity and Organization, he describes how this shows up in the work of an excellent science teacher–Laura Schulz–who also happens to be his wife. This is a compelling description of the complexity of teaching . . .

Adjacent opportunities

The favorite teacher — posted December 30, 2014


How do you set conditions for powerful learning? How do you look for “adjacent opportunities” for your students?


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