Category: Adult Education

“Don’t be afraid to speak”

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“Don’t be afraid to speak, be afraid what will happen to the whole truth if you don’t” (Joan Chittister, in On Women edited by Sanchez-Small, Leathley, Kownacki, 2020). Have you ever wondered if you should say something about what you’re thinking, how you’re reacting to an event, a process, a policy, or feeling uncomfortable or..

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Ethical Leadership

What is ethics? The word derives from the Greek word ethos, meaning ‘custom’, ‘usage’ or ‘character’. Standard definitions of ethics have typically included such phrases as ‘the science of the ideal human character’ or ‘the science of moral principle, integrity, duty’. And moral, derived from the Latin mos, moris ‘manner’, ‘custom’, ‘habit’, ‘way of life’,..

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Podcasting for beginners

anchor.fm/adrienne-castellon I started my own podcast!   The Reflective Practitioner is what I’m calling it.  I wanted students in an upcoming class to learn how to make a podcast so I needed to learn how to do it first! Check it out if you’re interested:     My first effort has room for improvement! My oven timer..

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Jean Vanier: A Paradox

For many years, Jean Vanier has influenced my personal and professional journey. I have taught and written about inclusion, the dignity of the human person and peace leadership in reference to Vanier, the founder of L’Arche. Because of his great impact on my life, I am profoundly disturbed by the news that he was a..

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Indigenization Through Story

https://www.dropbox.com/s/n13o63cb7wnlkrt/Indigenization%20Through%20Story.mp4?dl=0 Click on the link above to listen and view a recent presentation I gave with friend and colleague Diane Jubinville, District Vice-Principal of Indigenous Education in the Delta school district. The conference was for educators from the Heritage Christian Online School –  RenewED Conference August 27, 2019 in Kelowna

Teaching Team Leadership: Knowing and Being

“Helping students know something is not at all the same thing as helping students be something” (Frye, Taylor & Stafford, 2017) When I read this statement recently it challenged me as a professor of graduate studies.  I aim to create self awareness that leads to personal and professional transformation through the discipline of leadership studies…

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New Professional Standard for BC Educators

https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/education/kindergarten-to-grade-12/teach/teacher-regulation/standards-for-educators/edu_standards.pdf There is a new Professional Standard for BC Educators (linked above).  Standard 9 honours the Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. I am personally pleased to see the aspirational and expectant message this new standard communicates.  To be sure, all Canadians are called..

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Indigenous Spirituality and Christianity

Today, with my friend and colleague, the District Principal for Aboriginal Education in Delta,  I had the opportunity to work with a group of thirty teachers who teach in a Christian Independent school in British Columbia. In addition to teaching about the timeline of history through an experiential ‘beaded timeline’ and working with Indigenous ways..

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Classroom and home-based strategies to prevent gender bias

Gardner (2006) has identified several factors that aid in mind changing.  One of these factors relates to the affective component of the idea to be learned and alludes to the way that something is taught and may be strategically leveraged in the educator-student and parent-child relationship.   Teacher educators and caregivers need to be intentional..

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