for Wisdom - Jack Miller
In this workshop Jack Miller will share his understanding of what constitutes wisdom and then explore ways that we can develop a wisdom-based approach to teaching and learning. The workshop is based on a chapter in book that has just been published that Jack co-edited entitled Spirituality, Religion and Peace Education.
teaches courses at OISE in Holistic Education and Spirituality
in Education and is author/editor of more than a dozen books in these fields.
His most recent books include the aforementioned and Whole Child Education,
which being published this September by U of Toronto Press.
To Be a Friend: The Key to Friendship in Our Lives shows readers how to open the flow of friendship in their lives by learning to be friends. It offers activities that have proven helpful to participants in the author's workshops, exercises that prompt readers to examine their personal beliefs about friendship and apply them in daily life. By following these activities, readers discover how to be friends with themselves, how to be friends with others, and how to strengthen existing friendships. Author David Hunt also describes his experiences with learning how to be a friend, including his successes and failures. In this workshop, Dave will lead us in examples taken from this recently published book. In this workshop, Dave leads us in a variety of activities taken from his writings.
NOTE: Copies of To Be a Friend will be available for purchase from Dave for $15 a copy. You may also order the book from Amazon.ca
Carlo will also inform as to how even those without secondary school diplomas and school transcripts can be admitted to post secondary institutions, a concern to many new to unschooling. The session encourages participation and dialogue about these and other alternative ways that people have imagined, created, and are living.
Carlo Ricci is an associate professor at the Schulich School of Education, Nipissing University where he teaches in the Graduate Studies Program. He is the founder and editor of The Journal of Unschooling and Alternative Learning, a peer reviewed publication. He also founded the Unschooling Channel on YouTube that has received over 25,000 total upload views. He has two children: one has decided to attend school and the other to be unschooled. He is an educational consultant for a group that is planning to open a Sudbury School in the Greater Toronto Area: The Reach Sudbury School of Toronto is scheduled to open in September 2011.
WITH H.E.A.R.T. (Holistic Educators Association for Resources &Teaching)
H.E.A.R.T. was born on Saturday, November 6th,2010, out of a vision for the following:
1) providing "bridging" support for holistic teachers within their relationships with school administrators and boards of education;
2) creating, maintaining, and providing access to a bank of holistic education resources to be shared by all holistic educators and holistic-based schools.
3) documenting the reimagination of all education through the heart of holistic principles,
The workshop today will be an interactive lesson planning session geared towards creating a set of lessons plans for use in a holistic classroom setting.
Paul E. Royes is Professor, New Media, George Brown College,Toronto, ON. In 2005, Paul founded THE NOTHING SCHOOL as a vehicle for holistic research, teaching and learning. Paul is currently working on a book with 10 holistic educators on the POWER OF LOVE IN HOLISTIC EDUCATION: SHARING THE FRUITS OF OUR PRACTICE. (Looking for a few more chapter authors if you are so inclined! Email me: firstname.lastname@example.org). Paul recently envisioned H.E.A.R.T. (Holistic Educators Association for Resources & Teaching), re-imagining all teaching and learning through the heart of holistic principles.
Kelli Nigh is a PhD student at OISE in the field of holistic education. She is also currently an instructor for the Holistic Teaching and Learning Course in the Initial Teacher Education program. While teaching for the past twenty years in various school and community settings, Kelli implemented mind/body awareness and various meditation techniques in the drama classroom. Kelli hopes to continue her research on ways to attend to nature with an energetic aliveness and an active imagination.
Mindful Teaching & Teaching Mindfulness
Mindfulness meditation has seen continued growth into the field of health care over the past 30 years. This foundation and the mounting research agenda exploring the benefits of mindfulness with students and teachers are creating more opportunities for integrating mindfulness-based practices into education.
Geoffrey Soloway has been teaching and researching a program called Mindfulness-Based Wellness Education (MBWE) in the initial teacher education at OISE/UT over the past 5 years. Geoff will discuss the core findings of his dissertation illuminating the relationships between the experiences of teacher candidates going through MBWE to priorities of teacher education. Teaching mindfulness within higher education and professional preparation is also a unique context. Key curricular and pedagogical components of the MBWE program that supported student engagement will be presented and experienced in our time together. Participants will take away strategies for practicing mindful teaching and teaching mindfulness. Geoffrey was trained in a classical approach to hatha yoga at Yashodhara Ashram in British Columbia in 2003 and regularly attends mindfulness meditation retreats; recently completing a month-long retreat at the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, MA. He has attended the Mind & Life Summer Research Institute over the past three years, a forum investigating the emerging field of contemplative neuroscience. Geoff’s doctoral research received SSHRC funding in 2010/11.
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