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. […]

Grace of Great Things

By |January 31st, 2016|

Learn Forward sits at the intersection of what parents and teachers both need to help children thrive: nourishment.  We are bringing up the next generation.  We must be nourished by the learning inherent in our journey. The learning sits at the centre of our table.

This week was a knock-me-down and drag-me-out week.  By the time I […]

The Sacred Work of Parents

By |January 24th, 2016|

Just look at ‘all of you’ on my Facebook feed!  Moms and Dads out there in the beautiful sunshine with your children, some of you skiing, some of you cooking, some of you volunteering, and some of you sharing moments of success and achievement.  There are so many moments of sumptuous beauty.

Parenting…isn’t it so amazing?!?

It […]

Teaching is Pure Artistry

By |January 17th, 2016|

The Learn Forward book has this dedication, “To all the courageous parents and educators I’ve met over the years who have doubted their sacred work and wondered whether they are doing a good job.  This book is for you.”

The vision of Learn Forward is to nourish the sacred work of teachers and parents, ultimately helping […]