New Paradigm in Practice, The New Story

Schools of more than Thought

If the economy comes crumbling down, it is likely that the educational system will too. But that doesn't mean we should be educating children to support an economy that relies on exponential growth when the Earth's resources are dwindling (which is essentially this is what we are doing when we agree to rigid assessments and emphasize productivity over individual… Continue reading Schools of more than Thought

Connecting, New Paradigm in Practice

Centering, Circles and Spirals

When we can connect with our inner selves and quiet our minds, this enables us to connect with the loved ones and community members around us. Peace (and conflict) begin internally. Peace is a practice that requires patience, slowing down, deep listening and compassion. When we feel peaceful, happy and content, we are the richest… Continue reading Centering, Circles and Spirals

Writings

I Never Imagined…

The word school, he pointed out, comes from skholē, the Greek word for 'leisure.' 'We used to teach people to be free,' he said. 'Now we teach them to work.' --- Benjamin Hunnicutt Lately I've been imagining a student who is free to learn whatever and wherever (s)he likes whenever (s) is ready. I imagine it will be my… Continue reading I Never Imagined…

Writings

Who am I if Not a Teacher?

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?