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What is focus anyway? After Googling for a definition, the following elements of FOCUS really stand out for me: As an arts-informed educator, I like to think about concepts through materials, artwork, and creation-making. If we think about focus as a center within a defined space, like a focal point, a centrepiece, or a point […]

Looking for children to focus more? Try this!

Living Well

Child draws with a black pen, what looks like a plant in a jar with rocks at the bottom.
Misty, with her hands on her hips, faces two different paths on a dirt road, surrounded by tall grass and trees.

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I rarely give advice but people often ask me, how do I juggle it all and stay sane? “Always believe that something wonderful is about to happen.” ~ S. S. Dhillon Do you ever feel like challenging the word “break” to describe time away from school? As a busy working mom, and long-time educator, I […]

One way to shift into an inquiry mindset, even when it’s hard

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Are you looking to create a meaningful experience that both acknowledges milestones and achievements AND provides a sense of closure? I believe the secret lies in the design principle of UNITY. Unity brings your design’s components together in harmony to convey a cohesive idea or experience.  For me, cohesion feels calm and together. Closure to […]

Is your End-of-the-Year/Unit/Class feeling anticlimactic? You might be missing this essential concept.

Living Well

Image taken by Misty Paterson during her weeklong participation at Harvard University’s Project Zero Classroom in 2018.

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Wondering where to begin with Pop-Up Studio? 

This introductory guide equips you with a handful of content-neutral, research-based question stems and performance tasks you can use to help learners see relevancy in their work, build subject expertise, and evoke delight in learning. 

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