I'm joining Service Space because ... it helps me stay true to my heart.
A good day to me is when ... I have helped someone smile.
My hero in life is ...Mom, Gandhi, Peace Pilgrim, and you!
My favorite book is ...Siddhartha by Herman Hesse
One thing I'm grateful for is ... I remember how small I am in relation to the universe.
Jan 09, 2018, 1 comments, 3 smiles Latest issue of 'Teaching + Transformation' newsletter is themed Teaching+T: Kindness, Dogs, And Ethics. From school kindness club to reading to non-human friends to navigating tough classroom conversations of right and wrong -- the stories below find creative ways to imbue deeper lessons in the spaces between math and language arts.
Dec 26, 2017, 2 smiles Latest issue of 'Teaching + Transformation' newsletter is themed Teaching+T: Know Thyself. Learning about ourselves is an education of a lifetime. The stories below bring students aged four through university to a running start, as they engage in learning spaces that invite them to encounter the age-old curriculum to "know thyself" -- and in so doing, to grow in kindness, purpose, and the "experience" of experiments.
Dec 12, 2017, 1 comments, 2 smiles Latest issue of 'Teaching + Transformation' newsletter is themed Simplicity. Amid an education landscape of data-backed approaches, thoughtful theories, and tech-savvy innovations -- these stories remind us how elements of learning can sometimes be as simple as being natural, encouraging joy, and holding space for kindness.
Nov 28, 2017, 3 smiles Latest issue of 'Teaching + Transformation' newsletter is themed Relevance. When we are truly learning something relevant to our lives, learning holds the capacity to ignite a stirring thrill, lighthearted joy, or driven curiosity. These stories echo those moments of learning that capture and unlock a deeper inquisitiveness, excitement, awareness, and joy in discovery of the subtle miracles of the world and our lives in it.
Nov 22, 2017, 6 smiles This week's Awakin Call guest: 'ServiceSpace Interns: Beginners' Minds In Kindness Reflection questions: Our guests this week are college students who spent their summers interning with ServiceSpace to deepen in values of kindness and generosity as they set out in the world. How do stay fresh and rejuvenate "beginner's mind" with regard to values of kindness, generosity, and interconnection -- even as you interact within the dominant paradigm of individualism in the world?
Nov 14, 2017, 3 smiles Latest issue of 'Teaching + Transformation' newsletter is themed To Show, Don't Tell. Diverse research points out our memories retain knowledge significantly better through lived experience rather than with words. The stories below highlight a steady shift towards active modes of learning -- from a medical school with no lectures to a school inside a museum, to one city's creative experiment of integrating pottery lessons into all school subjects!
Oct 31, 2017 Latest issue of 'Teaching + Transformation' newsletter is themed Moments In-Between. There's the kind of learning that happens in a classroom conversation, and then there's the kind that catches you by surprise when you least expect it -- perhaps while jumping into action, unleashing creativity to respond to a problem, or diving into a new environment. The stories below come from those moments of learning in-between -- and the heartwarming lessons that can unfold, from toddlers to teens!
Oct 17, 2017, 3 smiles Latest issue of 'Teaching + Transformation' newsletter is themed Zooming Out. In the day-to-day, it's easy to get absorbed in the many micro-situations of students, colleagues, family and deadlines vying for our attention. These articles below offer some zoomed out perspective -- from research-backed techniques to hold a fresh lense on negative events, to a teacher's reflection on student kindness, to zooming out on the deeper lessons children often teach us!
Oct 12, 2017, 5 comments, 18 smiles [At last night's Awakin Circle, we were moved by this sweet story Anuj shared.] In this world, there is so much window shopping for love these days. There are products, there are services -- everything has a tag on it -- and in some way, they're calling what you generate out of it "value". And they equate it to money, but they talk about love or the value that they provide. I was thinking about how we have commercialized love in certain ways, and it's very hard to see without having that training. I think it's a part-mind and part-heart exercise ... There's a certain amount of training that almost feels like how someone trains in an art form, because creativity comes from the heart. From the love. I was thinking about how a musician has to train for years to get a really good ear for listening. At the beginning you may ... Read Full Story
Oct 03, 2017, 1 smiles Latest issue of 'Teaching + Transformation' newsletter is themed Teaching+T: Paper In The Era Of Screens. With tech innovations rapidly becoming commonplace in the classroom, how does that impact the way we learn, think, and act? The stories below reflect, dialogue, and research on the growing phenomena of tech in the classroom.