One Simple Secret about Personalized Learning

By |November 19th, 2017|

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 […]

The Trajectory of Education – From Product to Process

By |October 29th, 2017|

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 – 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 […]

Learn Forward Schools Finish Well

By |June 4th, 2017|

For me, finishing well always sets me up for success in the future. Finishing well as a learning community is intentional and thoughtful. Individually, we can all consider the 5 Ideas for Finishing Well, but what does it look like to finish well in our schools?
Reflect with Honesty and Celebration
Reflection is at the heart of Learn Forward. […]

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 […]

Play for Literacy Learning (Part 2)

By |March 12th, 2017|

This week included an amazing conversation with a friend about her son’s literacy learning; we’re all trying to figure it out. As parents and teachers we are so passionate about reading success and wondering how to best champion the potential of our children. We brainstormed together.

It became clear during our conversation how capable her little boy is and we […]

Play for Literacy Learning (Part 1)

By |March 5th, 2017|

Our literacy learning blog series began with the definition of literacy as listening, speaking, reading, and writing.  It is a broad definition highlighting some of the most important learning processes of early childhood (ages 0-7).

We explored the idea, “What if the entire purpose of early literacy learning is to infuse it with happiness?”

Learn Forward knows […]

One Big Question

By |October 26th, 2014|

As a child, I believed in wishes and fairies and birthday candles and belief rolled into faith in bigger things.  But, something deeply significant lives inside a child’s imagination, meaning-making, dreaming.  Like the seeds of a sunflower, it is ethereal and beautiful.

It’s personal.  It’s magical.  And, it is worthy of our reflection.

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One Powerful Word for Transformation

By |October 19th, 2014|

This week a friend posted the question, “What do you crave?”  As you know, I love great questions and I really stopped to think.  What is it that I crave?  In my own life, in my school, in education, for my friends and colleagues, in the schools my life touches… 

I crave transformation.  

Educators weren’t put […]