Designing for Thriving Begins with Empathy

Everyone is talking about thriving, flourishing, and positive psychology! Possibly the greatest break-through in neurology in the last generation was the idea of neuroplasticity.  The brain can change throughout our lifetimes. We can learn new things and change our way of being.  I don’t know about you, but I am deeply encouraged by this scientific […]

Design So Children Thrive

As parents and teachers, we design our homes and classrooms for thriving. We all want the best for our children. In order for children to thrive, we all must thrive. One cannot thrive at the expense of the others. This is an essential tenet for cooperation, belonging, and sustainability. So, how do we create homes and […]

The Path of a Changemaker

Our hearts are filled and abundant, except if they aren’t. I have walked both journeys. Haven’t we all? Yet, mysteriously, we all join into the spirit of changemaking at this time of year. It nourishes our hearts. It is a Learn Forward, most important journey of a child.

Over the holidays, we are listening to the hearts […]

By |December 31st, 2017|Changemaking, Parenting, Teaching, The Climb, Thriving|0 Comments

4 Reflections from a ‘Change-Maker’

Today I received a heartfelt message of changemaking from a friend,
I wanted to share that I was sad to not join you Friday night for the Christmas party. We had committed to two other families to hit the streets of Kelowna with our Santa elves….We prepared backpacks filled with warm stuff, toiletries, food, gift cards […]

By |December 18th, 2017|Changemaking, Parenting, Teaching, Thriving|0 Comments

One Simple Secret about Personalized Learning

Education is rolling ‘personalized learning’ around like a marble in a mouse trap game. What is it? Where is it going? How are we making sense of it as scholar-practitioners?

This week, along with almost 30 teacher candidates, readying for their final practicum in classrooms, we rolled around the ideas from educational philosopher, William Pinar, as […]

By |November 19th, 2017|Belonging, Personalized Learning, Selfhood|0 Comments

5 Ideas from Expert about Talking Sex with Kids

Parents, we need to equip and empower our children with constructive conversation and positive messages about our bodies, sexuality, and how every human grows through different ages and stages.

I can’t remember a time where sexual harassment, aggression, and assault was in the news more!  Our society is immature in its ability to form healthy, adult perspectives […]

By |November 4th, 2017|Design, education, Parenting, Selfhood, Thriving|0 Comments

The Trajectory of Education – From Product to Process

It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop. Confucius
Ahhhhh, the meditation of washing and polishing stemware. The process of drying and holding the glass up into the sunshine, examining it closely, hearing the songs of celebration echoing, and rubbing honour into the glass for the next guest who […]

The Trajectory of Education – Emotional Agility

In 1995 Daniel Goleman launched his book Emotional Intelligence which soon permeated our thinking in education, business, and culture. His premise: our emotional quotient is more important than our intelligence for future success.  

Goleman defines emotional intelligence in a description in a recent podcast on the Good Life Project as,
“…a different way of being smart….What kind […]

By |October 15th, 2017|Belonging, Parenting, Selfhood, Teaching, Thriving|0 Comments

The Trajectory of Education – From Standardized to Personalized

Schools today are moving towards a personalized learning experience for every child. The move is away from standardization and it is empowered by technology. Our trajectory includes authentic learning shaped by student choice and fueled by student interest.
We are amidst a sea of change.
In Grade 2, with Mrs. Carnine, I sat in a row of […]

The Trajectory of Education – From Busyness to Mindfulness

As we care for and educate children, how can we cope with the weightiness and complexity of our sacred work and move from busyness to mindfulness?

Have you ever felt the weight? Has it ever consumed you? Has your strength ever given out under the strain?

This topic is poignant for me this week, as I just […]