This summer my husband and I decided to stay mostly local. We wanted to spend time connecting with each other, our sons, friends, family and our community. I often find parallels between what I read for my Master’s Degree and my personal & professional life. Margaret Latta’s article about “creating room to dwell” and ““embracing the process” (Latta, 2010) in the context of teachers finding time during and after lessons to be present and mindful of the learning that is occurring really resonated with me and became the basis of my thesis a few years ago. I have found connections to this concept of “creating room to dwell” in the inquiries I have undertook with my students over the years, in the Self Regulation work I have focused on in my classroom, in my personal goals of being present for my students and my family, and in many of the adventures I had with my family over the summer. This article has continued to inspire me to create room to dwell in the days and moments I am fortunate to share with my sons. Continue Reading
I’m in the thick of it… a my Master of Design Degree at Emily Carr University of Art + Design in beautiful Vancouver, BC… And my kids are starting to provide me with better critiques of my work than I have received from many an undergraduate during my previous degree.
They’ve grown up in a world of co-creation workshops, ethnographic design research and art + design shows where people have taken the time to share their concepts and explain their motivation. What stands before me today are the men of tomorrow – thoughtful, creative souls with a keen eye for detail and enough sense to let a lady explain herself before interjecting.
I understand that this is not the experience of every child, but I do hope that this blog will allow parents an opportunity to “get their feet wet” – try things they wouldn’t have otherwise known to do. In turn, Carina and I both look forward to you responses! Tell us what you have seen/done/pushed yourself to do – if you are inspired, tell us where you go for your own inspiration.
In the words of my 8-year-old son, lets do this!