Archive for June, 2007

Change

June 17, 2007

Found this: “All things change, nothing perishes.” (Ovid)

Found this thought very helpful when attempting to lead any sort of change within school, trying to persuade others to be bold and adventurous.  The idea seems to make it easier to let go.

Positive Mischief

June 6, 2007

Do you ever have those times when the mischief blob in your brain bursts and everything you experience or do just seems so funny? – like you’ve been re-wired so that your feelings are ahead of your thinking.  I wonder if we discover more at these times? Do students laugh enough while they’re learning? 

Today, my re-wiring meant that I wasn’t so busy with numerous, irrelevant tasks and was able to thoroughly enjoy the moments that really mattered to me.  I guess I was too busy laughing to worry!  Maybe, having turned everything upside down today, I’ve discovered that engaging in frantic activity is actually a kind of laziness, as it stops you dealing with what you truly value. 

Little Things

June 3, 2007

Found this:  ‘The things that matter most in our lives are not fantastic or grand.  They are the moments when we touch one another.’ (J. Kornfield)

Made me stop to enjoy each moment today -got the giggles with a friend, shared my sweet peas with a neighbour and played mad-chasing games with little Freya (2yrs) in the garden.  It’s amazing to notice these moments while they’re happening. Watch out for yours!

Reflections from the Bath

June 3, 2007

I’m trying to spend a bit longer in the bath to give myself time for reflection.  Digging in the garden also gives me the space to think back and think forward, sometimes just to take everything as it is.  Do we plan enough time for children to relfect on their learning?Do we teach children how to reflect and encourage them to decide what to learn next?  Do you give yourself enough time in the bath?