Jane Vella 80th YEAR

A cherished group of beautiful people gathered at Karen Ridout's home in Raleigh on June 30th  to celebrate with me as I entered my 80th year. What fun! Good food, good friends, good wine, good conversation. And lots of laughter! I am a deeply grateful woman whose daily prayer is THANK YOU.  I know this […]

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Reflection: Learning About Learning

A key practice of both Dialogue Education and Deep Structure Living (www.DeepStructureLiving.com) is reflection. This week, I’m asking: Just how important is reflection to learning, development and performance? Why do I ask this? THE PRAGMATIC: I am interested in continuing to deepen learning so that is meaningfully retained, and transferred, in other words people DO […]

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Part Two: Teasing-Out How Our Theory of Learning/Teaching Matters

The proper aim of education is to promote significant learning. Significant learning entails development. Development means successively asking broader and deeper questions of the relationship between oneself and the world. –Laurent A. Daloz (1999) Just for fun, let’s look at potential alternatives for each of the sentences in this quote. The proper aim of education […]

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Forget Show and Tell – Showing (not Telling) Strengthens Learning

Creative writers all know what’s sometimes called the first rule of writing:  show, don’t tell. What does this mean? Here, I’ll show you: TELLING Our fundraiser was really successful and fun. We were filled to capacity and exceeded our goals for income. SHOWING I’ve never seen so many people in our auditorium; they were spilling […]

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Focus Matters

Just like a photograph can bring a specific dimension of a scene into focus or to our attention. Writing about why we do what we do can bring new insights. Part One B: Teasing-Out How Our Theory of Learning/Teaching Matters Some readers will remember the invitation in the last post of mine (May 27). I […]

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Part One: Teasing-Out How Our Theory of Learning/Teaching Matters

Teasing-Out Why teasing-out, because research indicates that we aim towards our values, but we may behave differently, and, we may behave differently from one circumstance to another*. So to “tease” or sift, allows us to gently observe, apprehend and reflect upon our practices and the thoughts and influences that produce them. From here, we can […]

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