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 […]

Faith – A Most Important Journey

By |December 11th, 2016|

Faith is an experience of sensing more than seeing.  Making sense of faith is one of the most important journeys of a child.  It is one of my most important journeys.
The season is wrapped in the mystery of the faith.  We are sitting on the couch discussing whether parents or Santa ensure there are presents […]

Learning Feels Like a Paradox

By |November 27th, 2016|

It is good to discuss a beginner’s mind, but being in a completely foreign place makes the pilgrimage of learning come alive.  My trip to China reminded me.  The cultural gaffes, the re-reading in the evenings, and the endless questions and conversations were all centred around learning because everything was new.  I was a beginner.

I sat […]

China, Children, and Changes

By |November 20th, 2016|

Changemaking fundamentally changes me.  The reason Learn Forward believes in changemaking, as one of the most important journeys of a child, is because when we open up our hands to give, to learn, and to make a difference, our hearts shift.  As we reach out, what is unsettled inside of us forms into something more substantive […]

Six Reasons Why I Believe in the Teacher, Parent, and Student Relationships

By |November 5th, 2016|

Schools are powerfully positioned to bring about social change, justice, and the human renaissance necessary for our future, but we must re-imagine our relationships within them.

What if we gathered around the learning and it was central?  Teachers, students, and parents could create relationships at this Table of Learning.

I believe in our powerful role as adults in relationship to set the table by designing communities […]