Children as Change-Makers

By |January 11th, 2019|

Over the holidays, I recounted the story of a family member’s journey through WWII, along with the scars of the trauma of being hungry as a child.  We discussed some leftover behaviours like having to be particular to ensure not too much potato gets carved off when peeling because we don’t want to waste.

The truth […]

The Possibility of the Season

By |December 17th, 2018|

Last week, I promised the Learn Forward blog would include the reflections of Mr. Jeff Harshad Thomlinson, co-founder of Take a Breath for Schools, yogi, spiritual seeker, mentor, and friend to join me in this deep inquiry of “Word Became Flesh.”

We had the opportunity to sit over tea and consider our mutual meditation of the “Word […]

Holding the Paradox

By |December 10th, 2018|

Friends, as we approach the long darkness of the year, here in the Northern hemisphere, it is good to consider the season.  There is a paradox of what is spiritual and what is physical.  We live in the truth of what we experience in our senses and our spirit.  Although we acknowledge this paradox in […]

The Lacework of Humanity

By |November 19th, 2018|

Loneliness has the same impact on mortality as smoking 15 cigarettes a day.  The question of connection haunts us.  Our age of acceleration has magnetically pulled us into digital spaces, with the promise of connection, yet it never satiates.  Our quest leaves us hollow.  We spend addictive amounts of time on social media, texting, and […]

Let Them Cry – The Key to Adaptation

By |November 4th, 2018|

As parents and teachers, sometimes we hold or comfort a child who cries.  The holy moment of an expression of sadness, grief, or futility is a moment of adaptation.  Wet and salty acceptance.
Big Emotions
While big emotions are often difficult and sometimes even socially inappropriate, children cannot be expected to behave like adults.  The work of maturing […]

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 […]