“Before we were ignorant, but now we have learned about the reality of the world. About what mining means for our community — sickness, destruction of the environment, etc. We are learning in movement.” ~Guatemalan activist Felisa Muralles I knew almost nothing about Guatemala, its culture or history before moving here in 2009. I didn't… Continue reading Learning in Movement
Transitions typically occur when or shortly after we experience a moment of truth. I think this is why we so often avoid the truth because it requires that we change an aspect of ourselves and our lifestyles even if we don’t feel ready or know what is next. The way I see it, change is… Continue reading A Teacher and Student in Transition
It all started in 2005. Can you believe that was ten years ago? I was working in a grey office building, making a decent salary working in advertising and marketing and hating my everyday existence. My dad gave me a clipping from the local newspaper promoting an alternative teaching certification program. And the rest, as… Continue reading Who am I if Not a Teacher?
Writing poetry with children is delightful for all involved in the process. Step one: read poetry to children. Lots. Step two: give them the guidelines. Poetry does not have to rhyme. Poetry may rhyme. Sometimes. A few of my favorite types of poems to teach to children and teens include: haiku, limrick, cinquain, color poems,… Continue reading How to Practice Poetry Writing with Children
"People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in their true beauty is revealed only if there is light from within." ~ Elisabeth Kubler Ross Is there such a thing as peace or justice in a world where depression and anxiety are rampant, people… Continue reading A Spiritual Education
We spent last month sharing stories of learning and describing a new paradigm of learning, conscious learning. Thank you to all who joined us. This month we will be going back to the basics by discussing the foundation of learning and providing activities that promote relaxation (not anxiety) in learners. Without adequately feeding our brains… Continue reading Learning to Relax, Relaxing to Learn