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
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?
The end of the year brings opportunities to pause and reflect. 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 classroom in anger, resulting in more… Continue reading A chance to be of value
The #BenefitMindset Schools Challenge gives students and teachers the opportunity to be among the first in the world to create and share their vision for how the Benefit Mindset can shape a better future. To get involved, check out the full brief on the #BenefitMindset Schools Challenge Medium page.
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
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
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
I recently came across this excellent read by Courtney Martin on the reductive seduction of other people’s problems. In it, she provides a provocation that at the heart of many failed attempts of ‘doing good’ is the reductive perception that other people’s problems are easily solvable. She urges those interested in pursuing a career that… Continue reading The generative power of teaching