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Sentimental artifact is a lesson in teaching, or: Grandmotherhood and 30 and 60: still learning!

Today is the 30th birthday of my son, Beamer David Comfort. Beamer, facing his landmark date, mused on Facebook: “4 days left in my twenties! I guess I need to admit I am an adult,” to which someone else responded: … Continue reading

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Birthdays, babies, awards, issues, meetings…oh, and the transformation of education

September flew by without my managing more than one blog post. Now it’s the spook-tacular last day of the month. I am not dressing up but Rose the dog might. That’s her in the photo, wearing MY new Ambler hat…she … Continue reading

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Magic, enthusiasm and lifelong learning

“I always say three things lead to success: hard work, talent (a little bit of talent doesn’t hurt) and enthusiasm. If you have two of these three, you’ll succeed – as long as enthusiasm is one of the three.” We … Continue reading

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Exshaw School Christmas Concert: We are Family

One of my favourite events at our schools is the Christmas Concert.  This year I was only able to get to one; it was last night in Exshaw. This K-Grade 8 school was humming with excitement when Trustee Vi Sandford … Continue reading

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Love the sinner, look past the ‘sin’…

I am a big fan of the British street artist, Banksy, whose work is sometimes subversive, rude, shocking, amusing but always thought/idea-provoking. The “punk mum” pictured here got me thinking about the nature of unconditional love and this quote from … Continue reading

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Personalization of learning – to ski?

When I learned to downhill ski in 1967 at the age of 14 in Switzerland, there was one way to size skis – raise your arms over your head; the length of the skis would be the distance from your … Continue reading

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Differentiated learning & a pie chart I understand.

I am reflecting on many deep and important matters at the moment. I have several blog posts rumbling around in my brain. But until those have completed the necessary gestation period, another bit of fluff. My good friend and former … Continue reading

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I Can See Clearly Now…

I’m a bit of a grad ceremony junkie. I think it started with those of my own kids. That first taste of hope, achievement and excitement, mixed the quiet sadness that accompanies any rite of passage, means I’m addicted for … Continue reading

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Metaphor for Hope

This Amaryllis bloomed spectacularly (this is the second quadruple flowering in seven days) after thrusting up nothing but leaves for two successive years – despite the most assiduous and tender care. I am working on a future post on assessment … Continue reading

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Painted Stones, the “Real World”, $$$ & Hope

I made a new friend on Facebook today… it was a serendipitous mistake.  W.B.* had made a humorous comment on a post by a friend. Another W.B. is a friend of mine who does not “do” Facebook. Since the privacy … Continue reading

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