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Our Stories: Who We Are and Are Becoming With COVID

Our Stories: Who We Are and Are Becoming With COVID

The stories we tell motivate us to go forward, maintain the status quo or hunker down in fear. That's what one of my colleagues and I reminded ourselves a few days ago. We reminded ourselves of this after sharing stories about our experiences of navigating through the pandemic. I shared two stories about how I see the pandemic changing how we are in the world. In one of those stories, I related how I spent the last few days watching families and friends skating on the mile-long skating path on...

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Being More Than Okay During the Pandemic

Being More Than Okay During the Pandemic

This blog post was originally posted on learningwithhope.blogspot.com on April 23, 2009. I believe these posts reflect what we can learn about being okay with hope as we navigate through the pandemic. Below are some of the hopes that participants at a "Diabetic Peer Support Hope Retreat" named after participating in hope activities. I wanted to share these hopes because on the first night together the theme centred around hopes for a cure. By the third day together, the participants' hopes had...

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Waiting for a COVID19 Vaccine

Waiting for a COVID19 Vaccine

Waiting for a COVID19 vaccine or vaccines describes 'expectant waiting' as I understand the phrase.  Marcel, a Catholic theologian, wrote about 'expectant waiting'. I came across Marcel's work as I was making sense of different conceptions of hope. Marcel taught me that expectant waiting does not mean sitting on the couch. That is wishing. Grade 4 students taught me that wishing is in the head and hoping happens in the heart. My understanding of Marcel's 'expectant waiting' asks that we accept...

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Being and Becoming More Than Okay During COVID19

Being and Becoming More Than Okay During COVID19

Maintaining a hopeful stance, as COVID19 increasingly permeates into every nook and cranny of our lives is difficult. COVID19 provides a fertile ground for fear and anxiety to grow exponentially. That is if we let it take over and run our lives. Vaclav Havel (1990) taught me that hope is not about having to have things turn out but being okay with how things turn out. I learned this from his writings as I began making hope visible and accessible in my interactions. Being okay with how things...

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A Little Bit More About Me

A Little Bit More About Me

I imagine you want to know a little bit more about how my past experiences influence my work as a hope-focused practitioner and educator. Where have I worked? What kinds of contributions have I made to the community; and to the educational field? For those of you who are interested, here is my most recent CV. HIGHLIGHTS OF QUALIFICATIONS 18 years of teaching experience in elementary classrooms Created hope-focused resources and programs that enable learners to work toward personally meaningful...

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Battling Hope Suckers

Battling Hope Suckers

    What happens when we find ways to make hope visible and accessible in our interactions? A lot. Most recently, health care students reported that hope can change your life; touches every part of our lives and is not only experienced in very personal ways but is ever-changing as well. These same health care students also said that sharing their stories helped them battle hope suckers. Hearing, "I can use hope with clients in the future," reminds me why I do what I do.    ...

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Hopeful Learning Spaces

Hopeful Learning Spaces

I believe that finding ways to make hope visible and accessible in learning settings enhance both learning and wellness. Over the last 20 years, I’ve had the good fortune to work with individuals who have helped me to create resources like the Nurturing Hopeful Souls resource in 2008. Since that time, other hope-focused practices, strategies and activities have surfaced. One of these activities is determining what a hopeful learning space feels, looks and sounds like. There are many ways to do...

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Hope & Hoping During Covid-19

Hope & Hoping During Covid-19

Covid-19 brought about an unexpected outcome. In many ways, Covid-19 is teaching us to make sense of how hope and hoping can be a powerful tool in times of uncertainty.

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