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

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

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)

A Healthy Professional Balance

Any political agenda and organization which doesn't begin with personal responsibility is just half the argument. It's just not going to succeed.  ~Peter Coyote I have an admission... For years I complained publicly and privately that our school district was not doing enough to support its teachers. Past professional learning opportunities included sponsoring a $10 … Continue reading A Healthy Professional Balance

Cynefin: Learning to Live with/in Complicated/Complexity

We are glorious accidents of an unpredictable process with no drive to complexity, not the expected results of evolutionary principles that yearn to produce a creature capable of understanding the mode of its own necessary construction.  ~ Stephen Jay Gould A respected colleague recently introduced me David Snowden's Cynefin (ku-nev-in) model. The framework itself appears holds … Continue reading Cynefin: Learning to Live with/in Complicated/Complexity

Letting Kids Be…[kids]: Reflections to Responses

With the tent now dried out and put away, I have had an opportunity to reflect back on a recent three-day retreat outing with forty-eight middle school students earlier this month. I know what you are thinking...? My response to that question is for another post. Smack dab in the cross-hairs of my reflections have … Continue reading Letting Kids Be…[kids]: Reflections to Responses

A Gentle Reminder: Just the Essentials

At a recent professional learning workshop with inclusion specialist, Shelley Moore (more on that amazing experience in the future), I was reminded of a truly powerful post by innovative learning and teaching consultant, George Couros. And after the intense, insightful, inspirational, reaffirming spark-inducing day, I felt that now was a good as time as any … Continue reading A Gentle Reminder: Just the Essentials

Collegial Connection: The Faculty Book Club

As part of my professional growth plan and a commitment to myself as an educator, learner, and leader I continue to work towards evolving my practice through opportunities for learning. Here is my latest foray. Faculty Book Club: Collegial Connection While neither an innovative or original concept among education faculties (I had already initiated two … Continue reading Collegial Connection: The Faculty Book Club

Power to the Collective

Last fall, the BC Ministry of Education began its push for educators in our province to work towards indigenizing (a term that still alludes a satisfactory definition) their curriculum. As expected, many of our colleagues shared their well-founded trepidation, reticence, and fears around what teaching from an indigenous perspective actually looked like. Where do we start? How … Continue reading Power to the Collective