Something happened today and I am still processing it, still coming to terms with it. This phenomenon emerged in my homeroom today.
There is a story.
I am what some people describe as a ‘morning person’, and for whatever reason, even if I am enveloped in a black cloud in the car on the drive in, I often feel uplifted as I walk into school in the morning.
One morning earlier this year my homeroom had a dour air about it, there were many dull faces and a feeling like an energetic black hole had sucked all the joy. I said something like “But School is Awesome!! In fact that is the name of the musical we’re going to create. We’ll each write a song and we’ll perform them and…” there were some confused looks and it was left at that. The next day someone said something that became the next song in our musical and it grew a little. Not a lot, just a little. School is Awesome: The Musical just popped up causally during homeroom sometimes.
Then a “Reserved” sign appeared on the wall. I asked what the part of the wall was reserved for and students just said things like “Oh, we’re going to put something there.” and let my question die. I was content with this response.
Today, the first day of term 2, some students were standing in a line with their arms in the air when I came into the room. “What are you guys up to?” I asked. One said “We’re part of the unveiling…” and then they moved to reveal the School is Awesome wall.
What happened can be easily understood in terms of Complex Systems Theory. In a complex system there are many inputs and outputs. Because of the number of inputs and the complexity of the system it can be difficult to determine what the outputs will be. Complex systems can be said to lack a God Like controller, however stimuli can be brought into the system which the system itself may accept or reject. The interplay between the system and a stimulus can result in emergent phenomena, the nature of these emergent phenomena is also difficult to predict.
Now admittedly, I work in what could be described as a celestial realm but I was taken aback by the way the system responded to the stimulus provided and the nature of this emergent phenomenon.
This takes creativity, planning, collaboration, time and care, as well as intelligence and wit. At the moment I have no idea who actually did what. All I know is I love the piece of Art that emerged.
I think I have processed now. I believe I stand before a wonder.