Questions for Designing Learning

By |March 4th, 2018|

What questions do teachers ask to design learning for the future? What questions should we ask? How can parents join us at the Table of Learning?

We are re-designing school in many ways and yet the shifts in education can feel like a hall of mirrors, disorienting and repetitive or inconsequential at worst.

Parents and teachers, we […]

A Manifesto on Literacy

By |April 1st, 2017|

by Karine Veldhoen and Dr. Susan Crichton

for Niteo Africa Society on their 10 year Anniversary

Literacy liberates.  Literate children become critical and creative thinkers, meaning makers, problem finders and problem solvers.  Literate children become change makers in an increasingly complex world.
Books are for everyone. 
Very young children acquire language through conversation with their families and friends. In […]

Love, In All Its Fullness, for Changemaking

By |May 29th, 2016|

Some experiences transcend language: a wedding day, the birth of a baby, the trip of a lifetime.  When people ask about the experience, the words sound hollow and descriptions too vague.

It is impossible to articulate the magnitude of the event because I am fundamentally changed.  My role, my identity, my future.

Therein lies the risk of […]

Thinking Critically…All the Way to Disneyland!

By |November 2nd, 2014|

All children need to be thoughtful and critically-minded.  I know I believe it deeply when I take it this far…During the 3rd week of the teachers’ job action in September, I hoped to engage my Gr 12 son in some brain work, rather than just stay in extended summer mode.  So, I texted him this […]