Faculty meetings as movement; sowing purposeful confrontation with questions – and each other.
I’ve always been drawn to the Aboriginal tradition of the walkabout; adolescent boys departing home for a period of up to six months as a rite of passage. I think what interests me most is a culture that constructs a physical and psychological experience of moving into adulthood (literally, through the landscape; metaphorically, as an internal process of rupturing with what was to discover/confront what one is to become).
Education is our Western corollary. In the bustle of each day we perhaps don’t look around to see it; we are engaged in a cyclical ceremony of learning. But are we together enough? Do we weave this experience for children
As a principal and facilitator of adult gatherings, I care a lot about making time and space for being together and feeling connected and happy (as people, as educators). I feel like these connections can and should very naturally translate into a sense of connectedness between classrooms; as students move through their daily ceremony, walking from one space to another, are they experiencing a purposefully woven thread – or a disjointed assortment of ideas, philosophies and expectations.
Cohesion is a muscle we build over time. Read More…