10 August, 2001
August 10, 2001
Day 5 of TEA orientaion in the forested area of Hanover, New Hampshire. As I sit in my chair, staring out at the trees, my mind is spinning with a whole new vocabulary learned this week. We are learning such things as circumpolar, NSF, OPP, LC-130, ChCh, helo out, mentor, transfer, teach, learn, coach, synectics, ECW, TEA, among many others. So, what are all these things? Or for those words you think you recognize, why would I say they are new? Let's start with what may be believed as familiar .....
*Teach: German word meaning "to show"
*Learn: German word meaning "to grow"
*Coach: to counsel
*transfer: move something (knowledge, ideas, plans, excitement) to another area or person
*Mentor: A learning-focused relationship in which the mentor serves as a growth agent
****Key: A mentor is not a change agent; a mentor takes a mentee further, not necessarily in a different direction!
Now for terms that may not seem so familiar:
*circumpolar: the circular region of the N or S pole
*synectics: bringing together diverse subjects or ideas (ex. science is like a blender because ....)
*NSF: national science foundation
*OPP: Office of Polar Programs; a branch of NSF
*LC-130: a type of aircraft used to transport equipment and people to Antarctica
*ChCh: ChristChurch - a common stop found in New Zealand enroute to either McMurdo or South Pole research stations of Antarctica
*helo out: using a helicopter to be flown out of an area
*ECW: Extreme Cold Weather gear worn by those working in the polar regions *TEA: Teachers Experiencing the Arctic and Antarctic
And this is only the tip of the iceburg (pun intended) of what we have learned this week. I have recognized that the reason for learning carries much motivation. Anytime I get a little bored or frustrated with the sessions, I just visualize ice and arctic life, and I am fired up to learn more.
As a parting thought:
"Change is inevitable, growth is optional."
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