Teaching The Story From Day One

By Ira Rabois I’d like to share with you what I learned from teaching a middle school class called ‘The Story From Day One,” which integrated mindfulness, visualization and inquiry exercises with the language arts curriculum. We often teach myths as merely literature, divorced from the cultural, spiritual, and historical context. But we pay a […]

Getting (Highschool) Kids Back Into The Sandbox: Imagination Matters

By Carla Cooper (High School Biology Teacher, MEd Student – Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Regina) Think back to the last time you played.  I mean, really played.  What were you doing?  How were you feeling?  Where were you?  There were so many lessons learned during that play.  Lessons that we have carried […]

The Leader Reader: Stories of Leadership, Inspiration, Growth & Change

By Scott Lowrey (EdD; Assistant Professor, Western University) Is it possible for two roads in the proverbial forest to simultaneously converge and diverge? And if they can, how might this phenomenon be explained through the lens of an integrative thinker? And truthfully, does it really matter whether we take the road more, or less, travelled? […]

There Is No Reason To Paint: The Human Obsession With Art (Middle/Highschool Teaching)

The Most Expensive Painting In The World Say the name Leonardo da Vinci to students over the age of ten here in Canada and many of them will know to whom you are referring. You may have to remind some of them that you are not referring to a certain Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle, but […]

On Critical Data Literacy And Student Engagement

I’m pleased to be part of the From The Ground Up initiative in the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University Surrey. To support our Faculty’s goals of enriching our scholarly community and learning more about our colleagues, each seminar involves one of our community members sharing about their current and past research projects and interests. I’m […]