• Investigating answers and building awareness without external prompting
  • Pushing forward to gain knowledge, understanding and experience
  • Enhancing our skills and expertise on purpose


As an avid Pinterest frequenter, my daydreams are often littered with DIY coffee tables, peacock color palettes and caramel apple cider cookies. The virtual pin board has shifted my world view from “where can I buy that” to “how can I make that.” Most recently, I found a Pin that featured a gorgeous DIY Glass Lamp.

                I saw the sleek design and the chic simplicity that would look rather dashing in a bohemian styled bedroom, preferably on a djembe drum end table—I may or may not be designing a whole house bedroom on Pinterest. And the rest, they say, was history.

                I began to scour the DIY realm of the Internet, venturing out from Pinterest and popping in to other blogs and websites looking for the perfect mashup of instructions/materials that best suited my needs. Upon realizing that this project wasn’t going to be that difficult, I decided to take things up a notch and added a new component to my DIY Lamp blue print—wireless LED lighting. Because who wants the confinement electrical cords and outlets create within designs? Not me, that’s who.

And this is where the learning became intentional.

Pretty soon I found myself researching soldering irons, wire strippers, and wiring battery packs. Though I was definitely not in Kansas anymore, (My Kansas = the place where the most technical thing I deal with is a hot glue gun) it was fun to look more deeply into things I hadn’t considered before in hopes of grasping a new concept to apply my newfound knowledge in a unique project.

In essence, that is what Intentional Learning is all about; purposefully seeking new knowledge and understanding to bolster the skills and experience you already have. I am already a DIYer and pretty soon I’ll add fledgling electrician to my repertoire as well.  

At FFL, we lead and attend trainings, host and moderate webinars, report on and digest current events in the E-rate world, track trends, research program changes, and forecast client needs. Amazingly, this isn’t even the tip of the iceberg. Intentional Learning is how we remain at the top of our game for our clients and advocacy for the E-rate program. Without it, we would be circulating old news and outdated practices. It is for this reason that Intentional Learning is a GuideMark here at Funds For Learning.

It’s also the reason I may or may not be drawing up plans to light a sheer canopy in lieu of a headboard in one of my virtual Pinterest guest rooms!


Key Words and Phrases

Steady and collected; Not agitated or disturbed; Steadiness of mind under stress; Composed; Peaceful; Cause to be calm; Collected; Abate stress.

Opposite Terms

Agitation; Commotion; Disturb; Stir up.


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