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 […]

Children Grow in the Garden of Unstructured Play

By |July 26th, 2015|

How Does a Child’s Sense of Self Emerge?

Children grow in the garden of unstructured play.

The garden…

Where the vegetables are ripening and the fruit smells sweet…the place where the children swing on swings…and the deer play near the creek…

A garden holds a space of growth; children grow in unstructured play.

Our Learn Forward journey this summer is […]

A Lived Experience…A Manifesto

By |April 14th, 2014|

Willowstone Academy, where I serve as Chief Learning Officer, is unveiling our educational manifesto!  The birth story of the manifesto is a highlight of my professional career and it was an honour for me to lead the collaborative creation of this opus for our school.The process of authoring the manifesto was deeply gratifying because it:was […]