Never Let Go

By |October 19th, 2018|

I spent the early years of mothering focused on providing the best meals, organizing the playrooms, ensuring the best learning environments, and facilitating my big kids’ activities.  My concerns centred around obedience and discipline.  However, what I don’t think I did as well, was express my unequivocal, wildly passionate, and wholly devoted love to my […]

Give All Our Children Wings

By |September 30th, 2018|

When I was 5 I wanted to be “saved,” when I was 10 I wanted to be a “teacher,” when I was 15 I wanted to be a “wife and mother.”  The roles were prescribed and I played along.  There was no intent to harm, but very traditional roles of masculinity and femininity existed and […]

Acceleration of Mother Nature

By |September 23rd, 2018|

Mother Nature spent aeons taking care of herself, all-the-while humans and ecosystems adapting to her ebbs and flows.  Now, we are entering a new era, one where humans are the ones exerting the greater pressure.  We call this era: Anthropocene.
A New Era
This is the era of the powerful many.  The United Nations report about 9.7 billion […]

The Acceleration of Technology

By |September 9th, 2018|

What if a four-cent VW bug could travel across Canada in less than a second and on so little gas you wouldn’t even count it?  Let’s talk about acceleration.

Understanding our rapidly changing culture is essential for parents and educators preparing children for the future we cannot see.

Of course, one can never see the future, so […]

Rooted

By |September 2nd, 2018|

The dictionary defines ‘Rooted’ as “established deeply and firmly.”
What is deeply established in our school?
As a member of a school community, what does your heart long to see entrenched or ingrained?  The Learn Forward question is, “What matters most?”

This year, we are using this word, ‘Rooted’ as a theme for Willowstone Academy because, amidst the […]

Beauty in the Palette of the Heart

By |May 28th, 2018|

Our human hearts hold an array of emotions and feelings mixed together throughout our daily walk, a palette of swirls and blending colours in one continuous experience.  What helps our hearts come to rest amidst the swirl is the safety and acceptance of our human relationships.

When we are together, our emotions like colours, mix.  We respond […]

Beauty, Even in the Hurt

By |May 5th, 2018|

Driving home from a breakfast with the most tender friends, when hurt is present, I am reminded, the struggle is beautiful.

We sipped coffee as we leaned into dark places. The tears welled up in our eyes, as the shadows of anxiety and fear crossed our faces. We shared in giggles and subversion. And, the sun […]

Beauty of Longings

By |April 22nd, 2018|

My colleague, Fran McGreevy of Root-Ed, recently quoted Thoreau,
“Most men live lives of quiet desperation and will go to their graves with their song still unsung.”
The quote highlights the human tragedy. And Fran ignited my consideration of ‘longing.’

What is the longing in one’s heart?  The longing that propels us?  What is the longing that calls […]

Rooted in Love

By |March 10th, 2018|

What does it mean to be rooted?

I read a beautiful blog post from On Being this week about being rooted in faith; the power of roots to anchor and sustain. It inspired my thinking.

When we design a for thriving, we must design with roots to hold us in storms and nourish us through the seasons. Our […]

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 […]