I will take away their heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh. (Ezekiel 11:19)

As we came to a close to our session of innovation, we spent time contemplating this verse from the prophet Ezekiel and what it might mean for us as innovators. After journaling, Charlie reflected, “We can become stone for protection.  But then it will keep us from feeling and growing.” The heroes and I took an appropriate pause after that word.  It connected deeply with our quest to become innovators.

As a way to show what they know, the heroes hosted roundtables at Cascade Park.  The blustery Wednesday afternoon was not for the faint of heart.  But as parents and friends looked through the Roundtable Brochure, it became clear that these heroes had learned about the design thinking process.

I invite you to read through some of the introductions that the heroes composed for their innovations .  I suspect you’ll be struck as I was about their capacities to see and imagine.

Jonathan delved into the philosophical realm as he started toward an infinite source of power.   While Ella focused on the more practical conundrum of how to avoid climbing on the counter (a big plus for her mom) but still getting the candy stored out of her reach above. 

The hearts of these heroes are beating strong and growing.  We invite you to keep walking with us as we discover new ways to dream, fail, learn and dream some more.

//Dr. T//

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clap their hands

all the trees of the field will clap their hands. (Isaiah 55:12)

It was a spectacular week to be learning outside.

Nora perched; trees clapping behind her as she documented leaf rubbings in her hero’s notebook.

Listening to Robert Frost tell us through poetry that “nothing gold can stay,” we employed a range of perspectives to see our world.

Over the past two weeks we debuted t-shirts** designed by the heroes during their tribe-building quest.

Myla was the lead designer for the Elementary Studio version. While Lola was the lead designer for the Early Learning Studio version modeled by Asa below.

The prophet Isaiah describes the coming of Christ in the fifty fifth chapter and the trees clapping in response to His arrival.  It suggests trees will become so much more in the presence of the Messiah.  It suggests the rocks in the hills will become so much more as they sing the praise of the Anointed One in in their midst.

And I want to suggest that just like the trees and rocks around Journey Academy, each of us want to be changed by the presence of Jesus through our journeys as heroes.

May we all become so much more in His presence.

//Dr. T//

**stay tuned for more information about purchasing these hero designed shirts next week for Christmas.

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