What a lovely word! And concept. It’s “the act of finding something valuable or delightful when you are not looking for it.” The article below explains the word’s fanciful origin in a Persian fairy tale.
Cultivating serendipity is a skill I’d wish for each of my students. How wonderful life becomes for the perpetually curious and optimistic!
A fabulous movement in education is Design Thinking, a process to take action when faced with a difficult challenge. In addition to the proverbial Three R’s, we need to prepare students as critical thinkers and creative problem solvers for future jobs that we can’t even imagine today. Taking advantage of serendipity is a great first step.