Showing posts from January, 2013

Equality is not always justice...

Source: Twitter Post by @culture_curate

Potential of Schools: Reflection, Relationships and Resilience

The text that we will be using the graduate course that I'm thinking this term is "The Developing Mind: How Relationships and the Brain Interact to Shape Who We Are" by Daniel J. Siegel.  A few years back, I read a book entitled "Mindsight: The New Science of Personal Transformation" by the same author.  It was one of those powerful/meaningful books for me. 

In the following video, Daniel Siegel talks about adding three more R's to schooling: Reflection, Relationships and Resilience.  We live in a climate where we all seem to be very aware of needing more than academics in schooling.  There are many teachers who work to develop more than academics in students.  We talk about 21st Century Competencies and Teaching Character.  It all kind of fits in to this area of reflection, relationships and resilience.  I think we are living in exciting times in education!

Personalized Learning

It has now been over four years since the original Alberta Education "Setting the Direction for Special Education" consultations that took place around our province.  I remember vividly attending those sessions wearing both my parent and teacher hat at the time.  In time, the "Setting the Direction" initiative became "Action on in Inclusion".  Through all of this the definition of what inclusion actually is seems to remain rather illusive. 

It is easy to get caught up in trying to define "inclusion".  And in my role, it is eay to get caught up in advocating for inclusion for the students I serve. 

But on many levels, when it comes to my students, inclusion is a bit irrelevant in the bigger picture. What matters is what has matter since the day I started this job.  And that is that we are personalizing their learning and ensuring that we are meeting their individual, often complex, needs.  With so many of the students that I work with, this mea…

Drip by Drip

Reading Seth Godin's blog the last couple of days and a couple of things jumped out at me...
"When you commit to writing regularly, the stakes of each thing you write go down." ( reference to taking inventory of where you are at now in comparison to a year ago: "Are you more trusted? More skilled? More connected to people who care about your work?" ( Reflecting on these two statements, I was reminded of the "Dare to Disagree" Ted Talk by Margaret Heffernan.

When I take inventory I'm reminded of the last lines of this Ted Talk... "Openness isn't the end.  It's the beginning."  I've been researching and gaining understanding around a lot of things over these past couple of years and in the past (when we were a self-contained entity), I could have just implemented and been done wi…