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

COMMENTARY:
A few years ago, I went to the doctor and as part of their routine, the nurse took my blood pressure. Before coming in to see me, the doctor noticed that my blood pressure was high and during the appointment he suggested I get my blood tested. One of the alarming metrics to my doctor that came back from the blood test was for triglycerides, and the number was over 500 milligrams per deciliter. 

Now I know I am not the only one who thought “Okay, so what?”. While others read that and think “Oh my, I hope you got that taken care of and quick!” The thing is, you don’t really know what to make of a measurement like this, until you have some sort of understand of the topic. Years ago, I was that person that said, “so what?”. Then when I found out it was bad (because I had little to no prior knowledge of the topic) I had no idea what I could do about it.
 
As it turns out, triglycerides are a measurement of contaminants in your blood related to your diet, sort of like cholesterol. A healthy number is under 150 mg/dL (milligrams per deciliter), and a little over that number would be considered marginally high. Now you can see that my measurement was incredibly high. You may be glad to know that the doctor’s office called me back and got me on some medication, while I made some appropriate adjustments to my diet.
 
At Funds for Learning, one of our GuideMarks is Intentional Learning. As you can see from my little life story here, Intentional Learning can help in all areas of life, even helping a person get healthy and stay that way. Intentional Learning is also necessary in navigating the E-rate process. There are many “gotchas” in the program, such as missing the deadline to file a form or not entering amounts properly on your funding application. We must be intentional about keeping up with the rules of E-rate, as well as understanding what applicants’ needs are, so we can empower them with the resources to receive the funding they need.
 
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Key Words and Phrases

Strive for understanding; Gather knowledge; Seek wisdom; Build awareness; Discover information; Gain expertise; Become skilled; Find answers.

Opposite Terms

Muddle; Disarray; Hit-or-miss; Indolent.

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