Deeper Learning Dozen: A Longing for Relationships

No significant learning can occur without a significant relationship. James Comer This fall my school district embarked on a journey. With support from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Jal Mehta's lab, the Kootenay Lake School joined eleven other school districts from British Columbia, Massachusetts, and California as a part of the Deeper Learning … Continue reading Deeper Learning Dozen: A Longing for Relationships

So, When Are We Going To Start Learning Something?: A Most Beautiful Conversation

Last week, after what I believed was a well-planned, and engaging discussion and thought-provoking lesson on growth mindset the following dialogue occurred. On the way out the classroom door heading to morning break one of my more 'enthusiastic' learners (Grade 7) triggered this fantastic conversation: Student: Jeff, thanks for sharing that information. Me: My pleasure, … Continue reading So, When Are We Going To Start Learning Something?: A Most Beautiful Conversation

The Raddest Was Yet To Come: Knowing Thy Impact

Know Thy Impact (or you will be reminded) In June, I ended a tremendously memorable personal and professional growth opportunity as a member of the Trafalgar Middle School staff. Working with tweens and pre-teens is not for the faint of heart. The only other educator that I admire and revere more than middle school educators … Continue reading The Raddest Was Yet To Come: Knowing Thy Impact

Being Imperfect Is…Simply Perfect

I recently finished reading, Dr. Brene Brown's The Gifts of Perfection: Let Go of Who You're Suppose To Be and Embrace Who You Are. This succinctly, yet poignant, self-help book holds so many little relevant 'aha' tidbits to support wholehearted living that I needed to possess. After studying shame and shame resilience for years, Brown noticed a … Continue reading Being Imperfect Is…Simply Perfect

Praising Our Kids: A Guide

I think that it's fair to say that as parents we all praise our kids. It's an essential part of parenting and of raising healthy, emotionally balanced kids. However, misusing praise can have a tremendous effect, too. Under-praising, overpraising or even more frequently, 'mis-praising' our kids and their behaviour can set up for difficulties down … Continue reading Praising Our Kids: A Guide

A Personal Philosophy of Learning

This week I applied for a one-year lectureship with the University of British Columbia's West Kootenay Rural Teacher Education Program (WKTEP). As part of their application package, applicants are asked write and submit a one page Personal Philosophy of Learning. Admittedly, it has been a while since I have actually thought about a my holistic … Continue reading A Personal Philosophy of Learning