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 […]

Soul of Education (Part 3) – Worthiness

By |April 28th, 2019|

After the winter comes the spring.

It was a long winter for us in this part of the world.  Yet, here we are with long lingering evenings and the kiss of warm sun on our cheeks.

Today I delighted in the smell of growing things.  We dug in the garden and mowed the lawn and the air […]

Questions for Designing Learning

By |March 4th, 2018|

What questions do teachers ask to design learning for the future? What questions should we ask? How can parents join us at the Table of Learning?

We are re-designing school in many ways and yet the shifts in education can feel like a hall of mirrors, disorienting and repetitive or inconsequential at worst.

Parents and teachers, we […]

The Blossoming of Trust

By |January 29th, 2017|

“I feel that trust is something of a radical act,” says Eula Biss, in a recent interview.  Trusting is radical.  The easier pathway is worst first.  I can feel it in our school.  Yet, we need to nurture a positive atmosphere characterized by trust.

As a school Principal, I am interested in how to create the conditions for […]

A Big Secret to Self-Regulation for Children

By |September 24th, 2016|

Have you ever sunk into the generosity and luxury of a cherishing hug?  You know the kind of hug; one where you are truly embraced on a cellular level, from the depth of your soul to the core of your being. Fragrant. Warm. Enveloped. Cuddled. Comforted.

Children need hugs.

They don’t need to be rushed or hurried, chastened or directed. […]

Celebrate Children

By |September 17th, 2016|

The process of growing up is messy.  It doesn’t go in a straight line.  Sometimes it goes backwards and sometimes it goes forward.  It is a messy-togetherness.  YET, we can still celebrate!
Learning is both a messy-togetherness and a celebration!
In my last Learn Forward blog, I wrote about how classrooms are shelters, vulnerable places, with parents who […]

Facing Fears of Inadequacy by Being B.R.A.V.E.

By |September 3rd, 2016|

The big quiet, unspoken secret of teachers’ hearts is often we feel inadequate and ill-equipped.  Fall is here.  The haunts are whispering.

Because learning is a mystery and hazy, it is easy to feel like a wanderer.  Because learning is a unique journey, unpredictable and uneven, it can feel difficult to trace or account or measure.  Teachers […]

How Trump Signals Big Changes Ahead

By |February 21st, 2016|

My son, at 19 years old, is captivated by politics.  He primarily follows Canadian and US national politics, so based on the cycle, he cajoled us into watching the South Carolina primary coverage yesterday, including Donald Trump’s speech.

The GOP race is surprising and disturbing on some level, but that analyses is a different blog. What […]

Sparkle in the Mess

By |February 14th, 2016|

“What made you sparkle today?” was my question as we sat with our pasta bake in front of us and the crazy-hard jigsaw puzzle at the other end of the table.  “Around the table, everyone has to answer,” I declared.

Without hesitation, our 4-year-old answered, “School.”

She adores her teachers and just that day she swirled her […]

Consider this One Challenging Question

By |February 8th, 2016|

Do you believe, in general, people are doing the best they can?  Sit with that big question a moment more.  Are people simply doing the best they can?

When I think of this query, I think of all of the people who have been cruel to me.  I don’t mean just rude or inconsiderate.  I mean cruel. […]