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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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Lafarge Canada – a good neighbour and friend to Exshaw School

I often use this blog to thank those who support our schools.  It’s little enough to do when the contributions are so valuable, so needed and do such good things for kids.  In this “grip and grin” photo above, the … Continue reading

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Old school lessons learned in the kitchen

As we continue to talk about transforming (rather than reforming) the education system, I’d like to share a couple of simple lessons I’ve learned, and then tie them together at the end, à la Aesop fables, with a moral. Lesson … Continue reading

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This is how I am rolling today.

Before I begin, remember my disclaimer! The Canadian Rockies Public Schools (CRPS) Board has a large workload on at the moment.  The negotiations between the Alberta School Boards Association (that is our Provincial Association, the “voice” of all 62 locally … 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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Remembering December 6, 1989: the Montréal massacre

I am today remembering the 14 women murdered and the 10 women and four men wounded 22 years ago at the École Polytechnique , an engineering school affiliated with the Université de Montréal. That was the day that I learned … Continue reading

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Transformation of education = the key to happiness?

Last Wednesday evening, October 12th, Sir Ken Robinson’s speech in Banff bracketed two events dealing with the transformation of education. This presentation acted as the closing speech for the OECD: Innovative Learning Environments Conference (#OECDILE) and the kick-off keynote for 21st … Continue reading

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Flying fingers & life-long learning

So where did I get this thirst for learning, my eclectic curiousity and love of reading, puzzles and games? I like to think it is a natural part of me, that it’s just the way I am. But I know … Continue reading

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Lessons that my kids taught me.

I’ve told you already about the stupidest thing I ever said about my kids; now I’d like to tell you a couple of stories about what my kids have taught me… about myself. Lesson #1: My oldest boy, around the … 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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