By: Amanda Medlen Of course, everyone learns in different ways…but take a minute and reflect upon the moments that got you were you are today. I know for me, personally, I had a great schooling, college experience and education, BUT it was the internships and the hands-on learning where I really got a grasp of key concepts and ideas. In fact, I am still learning every day, even after 10 years of practice! Even in times of uncertainty and failure, I have learned from those moments and it has helped me become even sharper and stronger than before. It is so sad to hear of schools “trimming the fat” from their programs and eliminating such programs as music, the arts and even shop class. True, some children (and adults for that matter) can sit quietly in a lecture and learn, but it is not for everyone. Minds wonder and bodies fidget. What better way to learn than by doing! From a recent blog, written by Tim Brown (CEO at IDEO), via LinkedIN: “Where literalists see band saws and blow torches, visionaries like Emily and Matthew see these tools’ potential to strengthen kids’ math, design, and visual and abstract thinking skills—and boost their creative confidence.” The blog talked about a current initiative called “If You Build It”….here they take the basic shop class and redefine it to benefit way more than just themselves, but the community also. Very cool story that is worth checking out! As a side note and illustration (and in case you were wondering…how does that image relate to this blog?!), many of you are aware of my love for baking, especially the sugar cookies! It wasn’t all of the years of listening to my mom talk about how to make them but it was the years and years of practice that I had. I don’t ever remember a year without the cookies, especially around Christmas time! And here’s wishing that Ryleigh, my daughter, will share that same love!