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Cultivating Awareness

A quick thought to share as I learn more about encouraging mindfulness in my students, especially those with anxiety issues.

Too much of the education system orients students toward becoming better thinkers, but there is almost no focus on our capacity to pay attention and cultivate awareness. We can learn to bring together the body’s various systems to fine tune the body and mind, so we can navigate life’s ups and downs in a way that minimizes stress and maximizes well-being.

– Jon Kabat-Zinn, in conversation with Stephan Rechtschaffen, cofounder of the Omega Institute via Mindful magazine

Caine’s Arcade: Who Says Learning Can’t be Fun?

I love this video for many reasons. It’s an amazing example of the kindness of the human spirit, but also an amazing example of how play can translate into learning. Think of how many skills Caine must have picked up building his arcade! Critical thinking, problem solving, mathematical, literary and spatial to start. He also

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TED Talk: Diana Laufenberg — How to learn? From mistakes.

A bit of a late-night post, but after an inspiring #edchat, I went looking for more inspiration from my favourite source, TED Talks. This is a fantastic one. Diana Laufenberg, an American educator, talks about providing authentic learning opportunities for students by posing a problem and letting them own it, mistakes and all.

We deal right now in the educational landscape with an infatuation with the culture of one right answer that can be properly bubbled on the average multiple choice test. I am here to share with you, it is not learning… to tell kids to never be wrong. To ask them to always have the right answer doesn’t allow them to learn.”


One of my favourite takeaways (besides the quote above) was a belief that I share with Laufenberg, and one we could all be reminded of in our hustle-and-bustle world of education:

The things that kids will say when you ask them and take the time to listen is extraordinary.

TED Talk: Personalized Learning

In honour of Toronto’s The York School’s upcoming TEDxIB@York (which alas, I am not attending. I’ll be at OHASSTA instead), I’m sharing with you one of my favourite TED talks. Click below to listen to Sir Ken Robinson talking about disenthralling our ideas about education, particularly innovation in providing personalized, not standardized learning, where kids’

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Leaves, Trees, Forest: Lessons in Education from Dan Mangan

I was at Canadian singer/songwriter Dan Mangan’s concert recently (thanks Dad!) and he played this great song called “Leaves, Trees, Forest.” He told us it was a song about perspective. When we look at a single leaf, we look at the intricate patterns that play out on it – we think about the beautiful colours.

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Book Review: Ken Robinson’s The Element

Sir Ken Robinson is like a rock-star of the educational world. I’ve always been very familiar with his TED Talks, which inspire creativity and education reform. I had not known that he also had published books on the very same issue until his first book, Out of Our Minds: Learning to be Creative was re-released

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TED Talk: Adora Svitak on Empowering Youth

Watch this amazing young woman, Adora Svitak, speaking out on the creativity and hopefulness of youth, and how we can best nurture that: through high expectations and opportunities for success. I think this lesson applies inside and outside the classroom.

“When expectations are low—trust me—we will sink to them.”

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Education Evolution

Check out this amazing video from edevolution on revolutionizing the classroom for today’s modern students.

What do you think – are today’s classrooms ill-equipped for the modern student? I think the video makes an especially good point about the technology being for students and teachers, not just for teacher-use alone.

And kudos to the amazing group of Middle School students and teachers who put this video together!

via @SirKenRobinson

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