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 […]

The Trajectory of Education – From Compliance to Responsive Practice

By |September 23rd, 2017|

What happened on October 22, 2001 to change the trajectory of humanity? To change the trajectory of education?

This question emerged for me in a workshop on “Flourishing in Schools” this week. Truthfully, the only thing I recognized was the proximity of the date to 9/11, but another participant got closer, “The iPhone was released?”

Because of […]

20 Creative Ways to Connect with a Child in Less Than 20min

By |September 9th, 2017|

As the Chief Learning Officer of a school, sometimes students end up in my office after making terrible choices in class.  It’s not my favourite part of the job, yet I am grateful to support both the child, family, teacher, and classroom in those moments.
Gather a Child
Last year, I had one such experience with a […]

Dreaming for Thriving

By |May 1st, 2017|

Our family was birthed in a dream! We dreamt about lifelong love, a bonus baby, and abundance. We dreamt about rich relationships, spiritual depth, and meaningful work. Those are no longer dreams, they are becoming realities.

The dreams are now evolving, sometimes they swirl around the adult children. Last night over dinner, we dreamt with them […]

The Problem with Self-Help Books

By |April 14th, 2017|

The problem with self-help books is that they don’t teach you about the mulligan! When we are designing for thriving, we must have this grace.

Someday I hope to be a golfer. While I don’t golf yet, I do understand the concept of a mulligan. You only have to read my book Learn Forward to know I […]

Unplugged is the New Luxury

By |April 8th, 2017|

As a mom and a school leader, I am always flirting with that dreaded feeling of “I’m so worn out!” This week, I wrote “Sustain Energy” as one of my top 3 goals over the next 12-weeks and I designed objectives to achieve this goal. Also, I came across an article titled, “Why Teachers are So Tired?” […]