Mindfulness: Slowing Down to Speed Up Learning

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Mindfulness is a heightened sense of ‘awareness’. Awareness of one’s self and awareness of the world around one’s self. It involves not only sensing things deeply, but also making deep observations about what one senses. Mindfulness requires one to ‘show up’ for lived experiences; to be engaged in life; to express openness to all the possibilities life offers; and to do so calmly and responsibly.

Due to asynchronous brain development, GT students’ self-awareness and ability to deeply respond to their environment can greatly benefit from mindfulness. Their experiences are both qualitatively and quantitatively different than their neuro-typical age-peers. Mindfulness is a powerful tool in their toolbox. Mindfulness enhances a GT student’s ability to be ‘cool, calm & collected’. It can reduce stress and anxiety, increase attentiveness, and promote a sense of well-being.

Twice-exceptional (2E) students face a unique set of challenges based on ignorance, misunderstanding, internal frustration, lack of social…

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Analysis of Plagiarism in the Draft Alberta K-6 Curriculum

Learning, Teaching and Leadership

Since the draft of Alberta’s new K-6 curriculum was released by Adrianna LaGrange last week it has been under scrutiny. One of the concerns is plagiarism. Teachers have been posting examples of alleged plagiarism on social media and sending them to me directly for analysis. To be honest, my inbox exploded last week and I can hardly keep up. I lost track of all the messages I received via e-mail and social media, but I estimate that at least 100 examples have been sent to me, some of which are duplicates. In this post, I offer my analysis of a few of these examples.

In the interest of full transparency, I am not, nor have I ever been, a teacher in the K-12 system. My teaching career has been in higher education. I earned a PhD in educational leadership and my research expertise is on academic misconduct including plagiarism and…

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Make Things Sink, Then Float

A tang of science

You will need

  • Modelling clay or blue tag
  • Marbles (if you don’t have marbles, use small rocks)
  • Water
  • Glass bowl or a large glass jar

What to do

  1. Fill the glass bowl or jar with water.
  2. Drop the marbles into the water. They quickly sink to the bottom. Roll the clay into a ball and drop it into the water as well.
  3. The clay also sinks like the marbles.
  4. Remove the marbles and the clay ball from the water.
  5. Flatten the clay as much as possible, then shape it to make a boat and place it into the water. Now it floats!
  6. Add one marble as a cargo. The boat settles lower, but still floats.
  7. Add more marbles, one at a time. How many can you add before your boat sinks?


Large ships float on water, even though they are very heavy. However, a small object like a marble…

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  • Whether it is called an “Aha Moment” or ”an Epiphany” educators are seeing many aspects of their profession in a different light over this last year of the pandemic education plan.

  • Why don’t more people drive a horse and buggy to school? They got the job done. They took us where we wanted to go — just slow. Sure, we had to feed the horses. And we had to live nearer to the schoolhouse. But a horse and…

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Review – The New Climate War: The Fight to Take Back Our Planet

The New Climate War: The Fight to Take Back Our Planet by Michael E. Mann

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Although a bit “American” oriented, well worth reading considering world politics. Quote from the book: “Don’t forget , once again, to emphasize that there is bother urgency and agency. The climate crisis is very read. But it is not unsolvable. Ad it’s not too late to act. ….. There is still time to create a better future, and the greatest obstacle now in our was is dooms and defeatism. Journalists and the media have a tremendous responsibility here as well.”

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