Heuristic (/hjʉˈrɪstɨk/; or heuristics; Greek: “find” or “discover”)
Refers to experience-based techniques for problem solving, learning, and discovery.

My whole life, I’ve had to learn the hard way.  Figuring out what I wanted to do with my life was no different.  I majored in English. I did promotions for a baseball team for a year. I worked as a cashier in a department store. I was broke and moved back home. I decided I needed to go back to school. I was going to teach high school English.

Forgetting that I myself hated English in high school, I persisted.  Talk about books all day–sweet.  Summers off–awesome.  I’ll be the teacher that everyone comes to–cool. I completed all my coursework and it was now time for the classroom.  It was during the first hour that I asked myself, “what are you thinking?”  A question, mind you, that everyone who knew me kept asking when I explained to them my life plan.

That afternoon, after running around campus looking for other options, I ran into my future adviser’s office and simply said, “tell me about this instructional design thing.” Within five minutes, I knew it was for me.  Not wanting to appear too eager, I thanked him for his time and told him I’d continue to think about it.  I ran to straight to the administration office and promptly changed my major.

I haven’t looked back since.

It’s those experiences that last with us forever.  I believe the only way to help people learn and grow is to provide meaningful experiences that they will remember.


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