How Learning Happens: My Summer Learning

Words can be like X-rays if you use them properly—they’ll go through anything. You read and you’re pierced.Aldous Huxley A colleague recently showed me a book that landed on her recommended list on Amazon: How Learning Happens: Seminal Works in Educational Psychology and What They Mean in Practice by Paul A. Kirschner, Emeritus Professor of … Continue reading How Learning Happens: My Summer Learning

Paradoxical Tensions for Learning and Teaching Spaces

Not all good teachers use the same technique, but whatever technique they use, good teachers always find ways to induce this creative tension.  ~Parker J. Palmer (Re)reading Parker Palmer's deeply reflective treatise on teaching and learning has brought me many 'aha' moments this spring. One particular piece that has continued to fuel my pedagogical values … Continue reading Paradoxical Tensions for Learning and Teaching Spaces

Be (Like) Water, My Friend

All fixed set patterns are incapable of adaptability or pliability. The truth is outside of all fixed patterns.  ~Bruce Lee Recently, our government announced a voluntary return to in-school learning plan starting next month. As a result, I find myself overcome with moments of uncertainty and worry often tinged with a perceived lack of control … Continue reading Be (Like) Water, My Friend

‘Community of Truth’ In a Time of Uncertainty (Part 2)

As I continue to reflect on my role as a teacher in what may become, to some degree, the new norm of education, I also continue to mine the depths of Parker Palmer's seminal book on what it means to be a teacher, The Courage to Teach. A few more pearls of heart-led wisdom that … Continue reading ‘Community of Truth’ In a Time of Uncertainty (Part 2)

A ‘Community of Truth’ In a Time of Uncertainty (Part 1)

Well, it looks like the gears are in motion for plans to have staff (and eventually students) return to school buildings this week. Admittedly, the announcement from our school administrator indicated that we should be ready for such an occurrence in "May/June" triggered a deep visceral reaction within. My sudden angst was augmented by the … Continue reading A ‘Community of Truth’ In a Time of Uncertainty (Part 1)

‘Ways to Be Home’

The ache for home lives in all of us, the safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.  ~Maya Angelou As I often do, I give immense credit to my brilliant, deep-thinking, and reflective teaching colleague, Barbara Hargreaves, for her inspiration for this post. In anticipation of our current home … Continue reading ‘Ways to Be Home’

Emergent Strategy: Never a Better Time Than Now

We are socialized to see what is wrong, missing, off, to tear down the ideas of others and uplift our own. To a certain degree, our entire future may depend on learning to listen, listen without assumptions or defenses.  ~ Adrienne Maree Brown With a desire to rethink and reinvision the true purpose of public … Continue reading Emergent Strategy: Never a Better Time Than Now

A New Normal: Learning Amid COVID-19

Yep. Here we are. Strange times, indeed. While we are currently celebrating our kids by honouring the planned two-week spring break, we do know that the holiday will soon be over (for everyone). Sleep schedules, eating times, and access to electronic devices will all witness radical changes. With the inevitable end in sight (and the … Continue reading A New Normal: Learning Amid COVID-19

Finding Equanimity: It’s Not Just For Yogis Anymore

You always own the option of having no opinion. There is never any need to get worked up or to trouble your soul about things you can't control. These things are not asking to be judged by you. Leave them alone.  ~Marcus Aurelius Lately, I have, for lack of a better phrase, worked on not … Continue reading Finding Equanimity: It’s Not Just For Yogis Anymore

Teaching (and Learning) Science Through Two-Eyes

This we know. The Earth does not belong to man; man belongs to the Earth. Man did not weave the web of life, he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself. All things are connected like the blood which unites one family. All things are connected.  … Continue reading Teaching (and Learning) Science Through Two-Eyes