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“Learning-in-place”

By Craig Doerksen / April 10, 2020 / Comments Off on “Learning-in-place”

Learning at Waterloo in the time of COVID-19

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I used to think…

By Craig Doerksen / August 8, 2019 / Comments Off on I used to think…

“I used to think…” “I used to think…” It is such a great way to be able to start a sentence, isn’t it? To start a sentence that way requires change and growth. It implies learning new things and letting go of perspectives. I used to think it meant admitting I was wrong, which, in…

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Learning Whimsy

By Carol Blosser / July 8, 2019 / Comments Off on Learning Whimsy

In his New York Times bestseller Love Does, Bob Goff proposes that “the language of love is laced with whimsy. It sometimes borders on the irrational. Like I’ve been saying, though, love is a do thing. It’s an energy that has to be dissipated.” “Whimsical” is not how most of us would think about love,…

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21st c. Education

By Craig Doerksen / June 6, 2019 / Comments Off on 21st c. Education

Making School for Kids, not Kids in Schools ’21st Century Skills’ is a buzz word in education right now. In fact, it has been for…a few decades. Yes, we are twenty years into the century, but it is a buzz, because educators feel painfully that the 20th century way we do education is disconnected from…

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Waterloo Deep Dive Series

By Bryce Carlisle / April 24, 2019 / Comments Off on Waterloo Deep Dive Series

Waterloo is offering a Community Deep Dive Series—events designed to unpack the ideas animating Waterloo’s vision and offering practical tools to help address pressing questions like these: How do we remain relational when conflict threatens to embitter a cherished relationship? When tempted to check out online, what habits can we develop to do deep work…

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Two Views of a School Building

By Craig Doerksen / March 27, 2019 / Comments Off on Two Views of a School Building

Building a new school has two distinct elements.  The first: defining the academic program, creating the policies, procedures, and administrative backbone to lead an effective, efficient school.  Here Waterloo leans heavily on educational and institutional ‘best practices’—from governance policies, financial practices, and research-based pedagogies and programs.  It is why we are using CESA standards and NBOA to ground our…

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Whole Person, Whole Education

By Carol Blosser / February 18, 2019 / Comments Off on Whole Person, Whole Education

At the end of January, we were thrilled to take part in the GCSLS conference in San Antonio, a conversation among educators worldwide about the future of schooling in a world that is changing more rapidly every day. The theme of the conference was one near and dear to our Waterloo hearts: education must meet…

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The City is the School—announcing Waterloo’s location.

By Craig Doerksen / January 29, 2019 / Comments Off on The City is the School—announcing Waterloo’s location.

Title: The City is the School—and Waterloo has a home in it! Waterloo School has a home! We have used “The city is the school” as a shorthand slogan for the kind of school we are building, one where teenagers discover how they can learn from and contribute to where they live. But this leads…

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Learning from Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

By Craig Doerksen / January 24, 2019 / Comments Off on Learning from Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Question: How does a school that hasn’t opened yet let students shadow school and learn what it will be like? Answer: Waterloo Experience Days! Through the winter we are holding Experience Days where students can experience a half day of school (one class), not as an observer, but as a student.  Core to Waterloo is…

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It is a New Year—“Do you need a vision?”

By Craig Doerksen / January 9, 2019 / Comments Off on It is a New Year—“Do you need a vision?”

I learned to cook at a Young Life camp in Canada from a dear friend who is an artist by personality, outlook, and talent, and who ran the kitchen accordingly. It was never dull and the food was amazing. One of her hallmark questions to us volunteers in the course of feeding 500 was ‘Do…

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