Reflections on the Berry Street Education Model: Part 3

It has now been over a month since completing the Berry Street Education Model course. It stands as one of the most valuable professional development opportunities I have had to date. A huge credit to Tom Brunzell and the education team at the Berry Street Childhood Institute.Hundreds of strategies were offered during the course but… Continue reading Reflections on the Berry Street Education Model: Part 3

Reflections on the Berry Street Education Model: Part 2

It has now been over a month since completing the Berry Street Education Model course. It stands as one of the most valuable professional development opportunities I have had to date. A huge credit to Tom Brunzell and the education team at the Berry Street Childhood Institute. Hundreds of strategies were offered during the course… Continue reading Reflections on the Berry Street Education Model: Part 2

Reflections on the Berry Street Education Model: Part 1

It has now been a month since completing the Berry Street Education Model course. It stands as one of the most valuable professional development opportunities I have had to date. A huge credit to Tom Brunzell and the education team at the Berry Street Childhood Institute. Hundreds of strategies were offered during the course but… Continue reading Reflections on the Berry Street Education Model: Part 1

Are we teaching to survive or teaching to thrive?

Imagine a school where teachers and students tend to each other’s wellbeing on a daily basis. A school where everyone is aware of the conditions that create thriving learning communities. A school where teachers and students alike openly discuss their strengths, weaknesses, hopes and dreams for themselves and the world. Being a teacher is the… Continue reading Are we teaching to survive or teaching to thrive?

A chance to be of value

The end of the year brings opportunities to pause and reflect. After my first year of teaching, I am reflecting on one particular student who challenged and changed me more than any other. He was not at all easy to teach. In fact, we had frequent clashes; there were many days he would leave the… Continue reading A chance to be of value

Thriving in our world of ambiguity

If you’ve been following the unfolding of global events in the news over the past few months then, like me, feelings of agitation and loss have probably been showing up a little more frequently in your life. There’s little doubt that we are all living in a complex and hyper-connected world. With live streams of… Continue reading Thriving in our world of ambiguity

Mindsets, inner-voice and literacy learning

When we read we cultivate an inner-voice to make meaning, comprehend and engage with the text. The mind of a proficient reader will often fire with connections when reading a text that challenges and engages. At a major climax, their inner voice will be full of excitement. They will sometimes need to pause, re-read and… Continue reading Mindsets, inner-voice and literacy learning

Letting go for learning

I have been reading lately about positive education and feel pulled to integrate its ideas and theories into my practice. Recently, in my junior English class, we watched the film Inside Out: a spirited Pixar animation that playfully explores the emotional tensions experienced in adolescence. I had a clear plan: introduce the ideas of kindness,… Continue reading Letting go for learning

Finding mastery in contribution

Listening to NPR’s TED Radio Hour has fast become one of my morning routines during the daily commute to school. This week, Sarah Lewis’ closing remarks during her talk on ‘how near wins motivate us to keep going’ stood out in my mind: Masters are not experts because they take a subject to its conceptual… Continue reading Finding mastery in contribution