Interesting Work in Education (Part III)

By |February 28th, 2020|

What is your most interesting work as you care for and educate children (ages 0-18)?

I’m curious about the resiliency of parents and teachers.  How can Learn Forward nourish their sacred work?  The emotional labour is obvious.  It weighs us down.  We can get overwhelmed.  It’s a terrible recipe for students.

We’re exploring interesting work, as parents […]

Interesting Work (Part 2)

By |February 17th, 2020|

I will embrace the emotional labour.

This is interesting work for me.

I am an educator, a mother and wife, a daughter and sister, a leader and volunteer.  Currently, I am serving 3 separate organizations and hoping to move each forward, all for the sake of the children.  I’m not superhuman.  Yes, often I’m tired.  But, this […]

Child Psychologist Turns Things on Their 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 […]

Of course it’s about Love…

By |December 13th, 2019|

It’s an overused word, with a broad set of definitions, but could we talk about “love” in schools anyways?!

I stood up at our school-wide gathering on Wednesday morning and told the students, every one of them, that I love them!  My heart just overflows with this maternal, joyful gratitude for the privilege of bearing witness […]

Better Together – Part 3

By |December 2nd, 2019|

Recently, in a social setting, I sat with a mother of a special education student who in a matter-of-fact way stated, “My Gr 8 daughter doesn’t have any friends.”  Then, she shrugged and repeated, “No.  She doesn’t have any friends.”

Heart-breaking.

All children struggle at times in their relationships.  However, often students with neuro-diversities affecting their communication […]

Better Together! – Part 2

By |November 3rd, 2019|

When I was a child, for one year, I attended an elementary school where children with special needs also had their separate classrooms.  They were in a different part of the building than the rest of us: segregated.  Honestly, in my Grade 1 mind, there was quite a bit of fear for me.  When the […]

A Plan for Flourishing in Schools

By |September 27th, 2019|

The story of thriving in schools is written with teachers first.
The Stress
From the vantage point of a school leader, it is clear that professional educators often live under the haunting weightiness of the work.  We face children struggling with learning, changing family structures, disabilities, trauma, poverty, and a sea of challenges found in every classroom, […]

Light Up the World with Joy

By |June 3rd, 2019|

As we step towards the end of the school year, our teachers discussed as a team, “best practices for finishing well.”  We explored transitions to the next grade, playing together and enjoying the outdoors, naming students’ strengths, and blessing them.

As I consider my own best practices, I note our manifesto’s encouragement to send students forward […]

Soul of Education (Part 4) – Change-maker

By |May 20th, 2019|

When we get together as a family, we are somewhat strange, because we discuss and explore the idea of change-making with great frequency.  We lean into inspiration, reading, and relationships to discuss big ideas, social issues, and explore our best and highest contribution.

This weekend we watched two motivating movies, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind and […]