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Priorities

It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything here but some times there is so much to do that even planning and reflecting have to take a back seat. Prioritizing ones time is always important. I’m slowing getting better at dumping or delegating things. Regardless, I’m super excited to be graduating this year and all the changes that come along with the new chapter of my life.

Sometimes only the first priorities get done!

Agreements

The past week has been so cathartic, I want to find the time to reflect on all of it through writing. In the meantime, this post is to mark my intention to explore, at a later date, one aspect; the potential of don Miguel Ruiz’s 5 Agreements as the core of the school.

Today’s words of the Dalai Lama

My hope and wish is that one day, formal education will pay attention to what I call “education of the heart.” Just as we take for granted the need to acquire proficiency in the basic academic subjects, I am hopeful that a time will come when we can take it for granted that children will learn, as part of the curriculum, the indispensability of inner values: love, compassion, justice, and forgiveness.
~ Dalai Lama  –  05:24  –  Public

Be the change

Collection of interesting images and art work. Gandhi

Grappling with identity

I’m grappling with wearing a number of different hats and the language that goes alongside. As a parent I want a better school for my daughter, one where she is valued as a unique individual yet made aware of her privilege in a way that she takes responsibility to use it for good and in inclusive vs. divisive ways. As a (student) teacher I want a school that will support me and my colleagues as we navigate the unending expectations put upon us while supporting the wholeness of each child. I am not an administrator or a trustee but I must think like one.

I should add the some of the recent reflections to the conceptualization Nodemap of the school to help clarify my intent.

A Course in Transformative Education

I am a student in my final year in of the Specialized Honours undergraduate degree program in Individualized Studies through the department of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies. I am also completing my third and final year in the concurrent Bachelor of Education program.

I have chosen to create this blog in response to my professor’s need to follow my progress through my final Independent Study and to facilitate my own learning. Throughout this blog I will reflect on my various experiences and make connections to educational theory to aid in the development of a new alternative school and eventually create a comprehensive proposal to be submitted to the Toronto District School Board. While most sections of this blog will relate directly to this process, I will use the reflections section to explore these connections in greater depth than is necessary for review of this course.

Throughout the course I will; contribute to the network of alternative school educators through communication and participation in various events, continue to visit various alternative schools to compare philosophies and governance models, discuss new school development with school founders, as well as form a council of advisors and build a community of interested parents.

Before I begin, I would like to express my gratitude to Professor Esther Fine for taking a chance on a student with an unconventional desire to affect positive change, I couldn’t do this without her.

Transformative Education Wordle

What does transformative education look like to you?