Taking Conference Learning to Task

One week ago I was packing up to leave a marvelous educators’ conference. The Central and Eastern European Schools Association (CEESA) conference celebrated its 25th anniversary at a stunning resort location near Dubrovnik, Croatia. Spectacular views to the Adriatic Sea, attendance by just over 400 educators and school folk from the region and beyond, and… Continue reading Taking Conference Learning to Task

Priorities for Positive Professional Development

This month marks workshop season for me. I’ve had the chance to facilitate three workshops in total in the last two weeks (2 versions of one plus a stand alone event). Every time I finish I feel grateful, satisfied and also a little wiser. I’ve been designing and facilitating workshops for at least 7 or… Continue reading Priorities for Positive Professional Development

Inclusion, Intent and Extraordinary Value

It’s workshop season and I’m pulling my resources together trying to design adult learning experiences that create value for participants. When I am in this phase of mapping, planning, sketching and drafting, a number of competing ideas come up for me. I find myself zooming out, then zooming in; attending to the details while keeping… Continue reading Inclusion, Intent and Extraordinary Value

Why It Is Unlikely That I Will Ever Become a Curriculum Guru

Most of the 20+ years that I have taught have been dedicated to elementary Physical Education.  When I am in the gym, scrambling to shift and adjust equipment between classes, playing my eclectic mix of 70’s –  90’s pop, and doing a cartwheel on my way to pick up the next class, then I am… Continue reading Why It Is Unlikely That I Will Ever Become a Curriculum Guru

Team Building and Reflective Conversations

Team Building and Reflective Conversations

Other possible titles: Building Reflective Teams through Conversation, Building conversations reflective of teams… At any rate, the workshop itself offered a rare chance to mix and mingle with brave educators willing to take risks, have fun and be open. Creating space for learning, connection and laughter – this is my vision for professional personal real human development. This group helped me to recognize that. For that and their cheerful collegiality I remain deeply grateful.