Raising Creative Children in a Type A World

Raising Creative Children in a Type-A World
I am going to begin this blog by making a confession…when it comes many aspects of my life – my teaching life especially – I am totally Type A. I need order. I crave predictability. I function best when I am the one in control. Things out of order […]

By |January 8th, 2015|Featured|0 Comments

How Helping Children Resulted In My Failure

How Helping Children Resulted In My Failure

It has been many months since I’ve written a blog post as I have been dealing with some life changing events. I wanted to take this opportunity to share with you the lessons that I learned from my experience.

You may or may not know that I have always had […]

By |December 23rd, 2014|Featured|6 Comments

The University Promise – Reality Check

The University Promise – Reality Check
My daughter recently began her school career in Junior Kindergarten and since her school is JK-12, I received a newsletter outlining why I should send her to University. It made me laugh, but it also made me think about how many young people I have interviewed for jobs who are […]

By |December 3rd, 2013|Featured|2 Comments

Why You Should Stop and Think

Why You Should Stop and Think
I have been thinking a lot about habits of mind lately; patterns of thinking that we all develop over time. Just like physical habits, these habits are engrained in our subconscious and are meant to be automated, to make our lives easier. Generally, we don’t think about them until they […]

By |November 14th, 2013|Featured|1 Comment

The Trap of Pinterest Perfect

The Trap of Pinterest Perfect
On a recent Q&A after an Artistic Edge Webinar, a participant, a visual arts teacher, helped me to pinpoint (excuse the pun) my beef with art teachers relying on Pinterest for project ideas. As it turns out, it was the same thing that made me quit a studio practice class in […]

By |October 1st, 2013|Featured|3 Comments

6 Reasons That The Arts Are The Ideal Vehicle To Teach 21st Century Success Skills

6 Reasons That The Arts Are The Ideal Vehicle To Teach 21st Century Success Skills
There are many things I don’t know about life and how the world works, but there are two things I know for certain. The first is that young people are less prepared for the working world than they were 20 years […]

By |September 25th, 2013|Featured|2 Comments

The Helicopters are Still Hovering

The Helicopters are Still Hovering
I recently came across a great article in the New York Times that discussed raising successful children. I was inspired to share my thoughts on the topic, since developing successful children is the mission of The Artistic Edge (TAE).

For those of you who follow TAE, you know that we have a […]

By |September 20th, 2013|Featured|1 Comment

Ensuring Every Child Wins: Should We Eliminate Competition From Childhood?

Ensuring Every Child Wins: Should We Eliminate Competition From Childhood?
I just listened to a story posted by a CBC Radio show out of Vancouver called This is That. This satirical radio show made an excellent illustration of how far removing competition from sports could go. They spoke of an “athletic association” who decided to remove the […]

By |September 5th, 2013|Featured|1 Comment

Success Comes From Willingness

Success Comes From Willingness
It is the end of August and the summer is almost over. Where does the time go? I realized that I haven’t written a blog post in a while, so I hope this entry will make up for lost time. It has been a whirlwind of a summer with so many “aha” […]

By |August 29th, 2013|Featured|1 Comment

Whatever It Takes!

Whatever It Takes!
In the midst of controversy over foreign worker laws in Canada and the USA, the reality of the effect outsourcing is having on our economies is becoming painfully clear. Companies are either bringing in foreign workers who will accept lower wages, or simply having the work done in other countries. Globalization is here. […]

By |May 13th, 2013|Featured|Comments Off