The Essence of a Welcome

By |January 7th, 2017|

Welcome Home
Over the holidays both my mother and mother-in-law offered the warmest welcome.  The food, beds, games, and activities were prepared.  The tables and ovens were set.  The details were considered with care and the preferences, comfort, and requirements of each one was reflected in the welcome.  With each mention of need or concern, adjustments were made […]

Learning Feels Like a Paradox

By |November 27th, 2016|

It is good to discuss a beginner’s mind, but being in a completely foreign place makes the pilgrimage of learning come alive.  My trip to China reminded me.  The cultural gaffes, the re-reading in the evenings, and the endless questions and conversations were all centred around learning because everything was new.  I was a beginner.

I sat […]

China, Children, and Changes

By |November 20th, 2016|

Changemaking fundamentally changes me.  The reason Learn Forward believes in changemaking, as one of the most important journeys of a child, is because when we open up our hands to give, to learn, and to make a difference, our hearts shift.  As we reach out, what is unsettled inside of us forms into something more substantive […]

Coaching Children ~ Four Big Ideas for the Lived Curriculum

By |November 13th, 2016|

We are coaching children into their extraordinary potential! I am passionate about helping parents and teachers co-design spaces for children to thrive and I am asking myself and others, “How can we coach children effectively over the course of their school days?”

First of all, I’m trying to learn how to be a better coach. My adolescents […]

Move from Stress to Rest

By |October 1st, 2016|

Any ideas on how to manage the stress?  The calendar turned to October and we’re not sure it is letting up.  Those of us caring for children in homes and classrooms are definitely feeling the weight of back-to-school.  We post about autumn being the time to “let things go” and yet, we’re still figuring out what […]

A Big Secret to Self-Regulation for Children

By |September 24th, 2016|

Have you ever sunk into the generosity and luxury of a cherishing hug?  You know the kind of hug; one where you are truly embraced on a cellular level, from the depth of your soul to the core of your being. Fragrant. Warm. Enveloped. Cuddled. Comforted.

Children need hugs.

They don’t need to be rushed or hurried, chastened or directed. […]

Celebrate Children

By |September 17th, 2016|

The process of growing up is messy.  It doesn’t go in a straight line.  Sometimes it goes backwards and sometimes it goes forward.  It is a messy-togetherness.  YET, we can still celebrate!
Learning is both a messy-togetherness and a celebration!
In my last Learn Forward blog, I wrote about how classrooms are shelters, vulnerable places, with parents who […]

Painting on a Tapestry of Grief in Schools

By |September 10th, 2016|

Dear Teachers, you may not know you are creating a space for parents, but you are.  You have their little one.  They are exposed and you can see them.  You may not know some of them are grieving, but they are. Your role is profound, quite possibly more profound than you realize.

Some parents are traversing the […]

Facing Fears of Inadequacy by Being B.R.A.V.E.

By |September 3rd, 2016|

The big quiet, unspoken secret of teachers’ hearts is often we feel inadequate and ill-equipped.  Fall is here.  The haunts are whispering.

Because learning is a mystery and hazy, it is easy to feel like a wanderer.  Because learning is a unique journey, unpredictable and uneven, it can feel difficult to trace or account or measure.  Teachers […]

Table of Learning – Children Want to Belong

By |August 21st, 2016|

Every child wants to belong.  We need to include them.  How can we open our hearts with a vision to see the gifts of every child?

There’s a clue in the Story of the Cracked Pot, told by Kevin Kling, is transcribed here by OnBeing,

Back in the days when pots and pans could talk, which indeed […]