My Take on “50 Years of Canadian Multiculturalism”

I had no conscious definition for Multiculturalism prior to reading the Fleras chapter: 50 Years of Canadian Multiculturalism. I accepted a vague idea that Canada was a cultural mosaic without fully understanding what that meant. My formative experiences of living in the Greater Montreal Area had led me to accept ethnic neighbourhoods as places I … Continue reading My Take on “50 Years of Canadian Multiculturalism”

A Lesson in Intercultural Competence

Definition: “The top three common elements were the awareness, valuing, and understanding of cultural differences; experiencing other cultures; and self-awareness of one’s own culture. These common elements stress the underlying importance of cultural awareness, both of one’s own as well as others’ cultures.” (Deardorf, p. 247) Observation: The emphasis on awareness of self, as well … Continue reading A Lesson in Intercultural Competence

Acknowledging the principle of “nkali” and embracing its warnings to build a better classroom

TedTalk Review: The Danger of a single story by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie I came across this TedTalk about four years ago while doing research on identity and purpose for this blog. It then came up again as recommendations from the Ted curation managers for topics ranging from powerful marketing practices to ethical branding messages, and … Continue reading Acknowledging the principle of “nkali” and embracing its warnings to build a better classroom

Teaching The Art of Teaching & The Love Of Learning

Online course review: Teach Art To Others by David Miller Overall, this is a very motivational course. I'm currently doing another university degree in Art Education and this would make for an excellent introductory video to give teachers in training. I can see it opening great discussion and questions for practical examples.As I am taking … Continue reading Teaching The Art of Teaching & The Love Of Learning

Day 21 – What Does Gratitude Feel Like To You?

Wow! What a ride! Gratitude can be achieved in the mindset we choose; in the practice of acknowledging things, experiences, and people we are grateful for; in acknowledging to what we dislike and looking at the other side of the coin at what we do like instead; & in taking time to say thank you. … Continue reading Day 21 – What Does Gratitude Feel Like To You?

Day 20 – What Does Gratitude Feel Like To You?

Is it ungrateful to ask for what you want? Wow, did I ever grab a loaded question and the answers aren't what I expected... Google it and you get some lovely lady not-so-subtly selling her services to increase traffic to your business. This is followed by many definitions of "ingratitude". Perhaps I'm being ungrateful for … Continue reading Day 20 – What Does Gratitude Feel Like To You?

Day 19 – What Does Gratitude Feel Like To You?

When you aren't feeling particularly grateful, but don't want to give into complaining... try acknowledging someone with a simple THANK YOU. Thank you to my regular followers. Everyday, when I see your names pop up, I feel grateful to have you as part of my life-long learning journey. Here's a partial list of the amazing … Continue reading Day 19 – What Does Gratitude Feel Like To You?

Day 18 – What Does Gratitude Feel Like To You?

I had a funny series of interactions yesterday... all relatable back to gratitude. Imagine the scenario where I thank someone for complimenting me and they thank me for inspiring them, then ai thank them for allowing me to inspire3 them, and the back an forth complements just kept going... it was a gratitude tennis match, … Continue reading Day 18 – What Does Gratitude Feel Like To You?

Day 17 – What Does Gratitude Feel Like To You?

Maybe it isn't only about gratitude... Maybe it is about acceptance too. I don't even know what I want to ask right now. I woke thanking the sun for shining through my window and that positive vibe remains around me. I wrote my morning journal and found that my ever-growing and changing list of To … Continue reading Day 17 – What Does Gratitude Feel Like To You?

Day 16 – What Does Gratitude Feel Like To You?

A great big thank you to an inspiring blogger colleague of ours here on WordPress: Maylynno. Over the years I have come to trust her feedback and deeply appreciate how she lovingly manages to challenges me to think deeper. She graciously and eloquently shared her answer to my question as follows... "I really appreciate the … Continue reading Day 16 – What Does Gratitude Feel Like To You?