2023 Reflections: Breaking Free from the Hamster Wheel

I am starting to break free from the hamster wheel of my own habituated thinking. Stale, predictable, well-tread loops that trap me in past histories of what can be because of what has happened.

I am starting to break free from the hamster wheel of my own habituated thinking. Stale, predictable, well-tread loops that trap me in past histories of what can be because of what has happened.

  • The polarization of civil discourse that makes it difficult to feel seen, heard, and valued.
  • The pandemic learning loss that reveals itself in test scores, behavior, and energy levels.
  • The global and local issues that clarify we have not been good stewards of the earth, of one another, and of our own health.

Part of this freedom has been sparked by the launching of curriculum storyboards. The power of learners being navigators and narrators of their own journey. And working closely with Heidi Hayes Jacobs to craft and share this storyline has been a highlight of my career.

Part of this freedom is my continued immersion with Habits of Mind as a co-director with my partners and dear friends Bena Kallick and Art Costa. Their wisdom, grace, and foresight paired with the nature that dispositions are a journey has helped deepen and expand my thinking.

Part of this freedom comes from my clients who are committed to designing learning journeys that are compelling, joyful, and relevant both for students and teachers.

I am abundantly clear that my optimism stems from my faith in others — as connectors, collaborators, dreamers, actors, activists, problem solvers. We are the heroes of our own story. 

And in the face of immeasurable challenges, we can find solace and inspiration from each other.

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