Friday, December 21, 2012

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Day 1: SisterGiant

Thank you Marianne Williamson for your vision.  Thank you 1000(+online) for your presence.  Thank you Jean Houston for you making our human myth real:

"you all have new duties on this earth you women, the men are not doing very well. together you will grow a new nest and a nest of nest - the grandmother spirits will help you - you must work and pray and you must remember what the men have forgotten, how to have a society without palm wine, you women stop cutting the rose buds and you white women stop cutting off your souls, you take your souls back..."

"forget everything I've told you over the last 6 years about working with bureaucracies, I'm an anthropologist with no hierarchies - govts will not be prepared for the fast changing world - laughter, fun, humor, good food, body-mind-spirit -with this, they will choose projects to improve their world - must develop individual human to have developed human world..."

Friday: November 9, 2012: Feminine Power

A day of gathering to begin to find our voices.  Thank you Katherine and Claire for the sponsorship.  What spoke to me most was the reference to this article:
Women find their voices at 60%.  I can no longer remain mute, in my trance of political ignorance.  Thank you for the push.  What excited me most?  Lauren Frances and Aphrodite Love!  Overall take away?  WATCH OUT here we come ;) - and for the naysayers: "Cynicism is just an excuse for not acting."

Thursday, November 1, 2012

As I was beginning to prepare this post, a beautiful production on Hawaii PBS asked for my entire attention.  The production was an exchange with poet W.S. Merwin.  A few lingering words, that remain thoughts for me:

Merwin: "I'd rather be putting life back into the earth rather than taking life from it." (as the camera pans  his wife and him in their prolific garden)

Wife Paula: "He needs wide margins." (in reference to solitude and existing in places for creative spaces)

October Palette:

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Day 2: Schools of the Future

Of course:


Day 1: Schools of the Future Conference

Depth was a focus today: Interesting conversations, adult learning reflections and techie sharings.  I'm struggling with a wondering that never goes away:

How can we invite and include our public kids and educators more consistently?

And a final reflection:

Computers cause frustration, isolation, stress and discord UNLESS we are purposely choosing to use them with intention for collaboration to create, problem solve or recreate with empathy and compassion.

Godmother revisits

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

July 30: First Day of School Year 2012-2013

It was a bit of a paradox beginning the new school year in the smack middle of summer.  It felt like the hottest day of the year to boot.  Nonetheless we begin the routines anew. (Is this another paradox?)

Focusing on gratitude, I choose to thank the self-respecting homeroom teachers.  You do the work of heroes.  HIDOE teachers reported back to duty for two days of which one allowed for teacher prep time.  The next two days were furloughed.  And then, it was Monday and all students and parents showed up eager to meet the new year.  Thank you homeroom teachers, you are miracle workers.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Self Directed Learner within HIDOE (Hawaii Department of Education)

IF we engage the GLOs we can engage the individual...AND we must go to Project Based Learning, letting the child lead the learning.  A child centered classroom is respectful in all communications.  Public school has been in existence for approximately 200 years.

  • Self-directed Learner (The ability to be responsible for one's own learning)
  • Community Contributor (The understanding that it is essential for human beings to work together)
  • Complex Thinker (The ability to demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving)
  • Quality Producer (The ability to recognize and produce quality performance and quality products)
  • Effective Communicator (The ability to communicate effectively)
  • Effective and Ethical User of Technology (The ability to use a variety of technologies effectively and ethically) 
Want to listen to a radical educator: Brent Cameron, SelfDesign, in B.C., (1947-2012)

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Sages and Scientists Sounds Wonderful, as does #sxsw

“Love is the greatest power we all have. Leaders don’t like to speak about love and compassion… they don’t think it’s manly. That’s why the 21st century is going to be the century of women.”

Vicente Fox

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Reflection on Daniel Pink's Drive

Motivation and Learning: part 1

Music: Henry Kapono, The Wild Hawaiian, Na Makua
Hali'a ka mana'o i ke kamali'i 'ana
I laila i 'ike ai i ka nohona pili home
Ka malama 'ohana a ka makuahine

E 'ole ia a'o ka makua
'Ike au ia pono e pa'a nei, pa'a nei i loko
(Hana hou)

I have fond memories of my youth
I learned to appreciate what it takes to run a home
My mother would maintain the family

If not for the teachings of my mom
I would not have known this the value of these things that I still hold dear