Child Psychologist Turns Things on Its Head

By |February 3rd, 2020|

Alison Gropnik, a child psychologist and researcher at Berkeley says, “attachment” between a parent and a child is just another word for “love.”  My friends call it “connection.”

Love and connection flourish when we prioritize the relationship over behaviour!
Learning with the Experts
Gropnik stands popular culture’s notions for unleashing human potential upside down.  She argues,
“Parenting” […]

Interesting Work (Part I)

By |January 20th, 2020|

I LOVE doing interesting work in education!  It makes me want to twirl and sing!  Few things energize me more than creating vibrant learning environments keen on championing the extraordinary potential that lives within every child!

Education is so artful!
A Thought Leader
Recently, I’ve been reading Linchpin – Are You Indispensible by Seth Godin and participating in his […]

The Essentialism of Play

By |February 4th, 2019|

We are stuck in work mode!  We consider productivity, maximizing, organization, Marie Kondo-ing, and achievement all the time.  The questions swirl like, “What’s in it for me?” or “What is the ideal pathway?” incessantly.  Our rationalism, spirituality, and heritage worship work. But, maybe there is an essential role for play!

The Builder (my husband) and I […]

Give All Our Children Wings

By |September 30th, 2018|

When I was 5 I wanted to be “saved,” when I was 10 I wanted to be a “teacher,” when I was 15 I wanted to be a “wife and mother.”  The roles were prescribed and I played along.  There was no intent to harm, but very traditional roles of masculinity and femininity existed and […]

Beauty in the Palette of the Heart

By |May 28th, 2018|

Our human hearts hold an array of emotions and feelings mixed together throughout our daily walk, a palette of swirls and blending colours in one continuous experience.  What helps our hearts come to rest amidst the swirl is the safety and acceptance of our human relationships.

When we are together, our emotions like colours, mix.  We respond […]

4 Principles of Playfulness in Design

By |January 27th, 2018|

Learn Forward asks the question, “How are we all, children, parents, and teachers, on a journey towards thriving?” If that’s our question, it seems natural to have a conversation about the power of play, what children do best.

My little girl described her play in a playground game that a mixed-age group of girls made up. […]

Designing for Thriving Honours Connection

By |January 21st, 2018|

Have you ever felt a word, idea or concept was simply ‘in the air’ for you? “Connection” is that word for me this week. I feel like the word “connecting” is whispering to me everywhere. I find it in various readings, I feel it when it is lost or broken, and I observe successful people […]

Designing for Thriving Begins with Empathy

By |January 13th, 2018|

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 […]

The Trajectory of Education – From Standardized to Personalized

By |October 9th, 2017|

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

By |September 30th, 2017|

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 […]