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Face First in the Mud

Posted on: November 20th, 2016 by lschwartz No Comments

A few weeks ago, over a cup of coffee a friend of mine shared her sugar addiction with me.  She was in the middle of a really challenging time where she felt sugar was getting the best of her. As she shared with me the details of what this addiction was doing to her, I was uncomfortable listening to her share her struggles.

As I drove home later, I reflected on what it was about the conversation that made me feel so uncomfortable. First, I think it was about seeing her struggle and be in pain and feeling helpless to support her.  Upon further reflection, I realized we all love to hear a story of struggle with a happy ending. And almost daily we hear stories of struggles with happy endings;  the struggle to lose weight, the struggle to love yourself, the struggle to overcome an addiction.  But when we hear these stories, we are hearing the after, the resolution, the ending.  We want to hear about the time you fell face first in the mud, wiped yourself off and got up.  But we often gloss over what it felt like to be face first in the mud with mud in our ears, eyes and mouth. We want to get to the good stuff, to celebrate that you cleaned yourself off and stood up.

We seem to be going through this right now in the teaching world in B.C.  We have many new things that we are facing.  We have a new curriculum, new reporting order, new self-assessment of core competencies and new report card template.  Add to that, in our district we also have new portal (communication platform), email system and e-portfolios. This is a lot of new and people are at different places with their comfort level and knowledge of all the new. This is not a time to gloss over our struggles, our fears or our time in the mud.  Let’s not wait for the happy ending to share what we are going through as we are faced with all this newness. Come together and really share our struggles and support each other as we embrace the new and try things we have never done before.

Sunday Evening Conversations and Sharing Our Passions

Posted on: September 17th, 2016 by lschwartz No Comments

I have a regular routine.  Sunday afternoons I begin my chores to start the week. One chore is the preparing the recycling and food compost for collection. It is not always my favourite job, but in the last few months it has become a welcome routine.  There is a gentleman who lives in our neighbourhood who collects bottles. I know that if I put out bottles that can be collected for a deposit around 5:45 on Sundays, I can talk to him.  He loves to talk about birds and sunsets and the phase of the current moon.  I have learned quite bit about birds from him the last few months.

Last Thursday I went for a walk after school.  Walking along the dyke in Richmond on a beautiful evening and I spotted my Sunday friend.  He was carrying a camera with a massive lens.  A speciality lens used for shooting things at a distance like birds and high level sporting events. He was taking photos and sharing them with a fellow walker.

As I witnessed this exchange between the two men, my brain started making all kinds of connections between things that inspire us and the work we do with our students and the new BCED curriculum.

Igniting passion in our students and giving space for students to explore their passions is what the new BCED curriculum is all about. When we share our passions with others, we connect and create community.

I am passionate about books, picture books specifically, but I also love YA books.  This summer I spent a lot of time sharing my passion and my reading with others on social media and in real life.  When I talk about books with other people, share a title or learn about a new “Must Read Book”, I feel joyful. Sharing my passion with others makes me happy.  I never have to be asked or told to read a book, I want to.

This is what I want for students, for my kids and for all kids.  Time and space to uncover the curriculum and explore their passions.

Leave me a comment, what are you passionate about?  What brings you joy?  What spaces have you created in your classroom or schools to share that joy with others?