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 […]

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. […]

When You Have to ‘Push Through’

By |May 28th, 2017|

What does it mean to ‘push through’? What does it mean to ‘dig deep’? When should I set a boundary and ensure I have time and space for recovery?

These questions are abiding at this time of the year. It is predictable. It is cyclical.

I lost it yesterday morning and shouted at my child, in front […]

5 Ideas for Finishing the School Year Well

By |May 21st, 2017|

The cycle of the school year includes a typical and final push to the finish line. As educators and parents, we are looking towards the final weeks or days of learning, leading, and living together in a unique community of learning. Our hearts know, ‘It will never be the same again.’

I am reflective on finishing well. What […]

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 […]

Well-Spoken Words are Like Apples of Gold

By |January 14th, 2017|

What are Well-Spoken Words?
As a child, I learned this proverb, “Well-spoken words are like apples of gold in settings of silver.” (Prov 25:11)  Beautiful wisdom shaped and formed, like custom-made jewelry.  You admire the offerings and want them to decorate the space.  They are precious, timeless, and weighty.  Words who speak promise and truth and vulnerability […]

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 […]