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Just A Few More Sleeps: What’s on/in your mind?
Posted on: August 27th, 2015 by Stephen Hurley
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I love the special rhythm to which educators are able to move—throughout the school year and, indeed, throughout the course of an entire career. The built in starts and stops, ebbs and flows and—yes—the ups and downs, have provided moments to become very involved in my work, as well as mo

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Back-To-School 2015: Your Creative Advice

Back-To-School 2015: Your Creative Advice
Posted on: August 27th, 2015 by Stephen Hurley
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I’m preparing for a 6:15 am conversation with CBC Radio host, Julia Cook, about how best to prepare young children to begin a new school year. Familiar questions abound: How do we help our kids transition to a new grade

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A New Year—A More Precise Focus
Posted on: August 23rd, 2015 by Stephen Hurley
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And now we welcome the new year, full of things that have never been
― Rainer Maria Rilke

 

As an educator, I’ve always felt very fortunate to have the opportunity to celebrate new beginnings at two very different times of the year. There’s the tra

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Living on the Edge
Posted on: January 2nd, 2015 by Stephen Hurley
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My father loved to live on the edge. I’m not saying that he was a high sensation seeker, a risk-taker or someone that was known to actively seek out novelty or innovation. In fact, he was a stalwart conservative, liked the familiarity of home and was one of the few people that I know that

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Imaginative Awakening
Posted on: November 14th, 2014 by Stephen Hurley
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I don’t know about you, but my day is usually influenced by firsts: the first things things that I choose to eat when I wander down to the kitchen each morning, the first emails that I decide to read, the first words that I speak to my children or my spouse. I’m influenced by the

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Choose Creativity: It’s A Decision
Posted on: November 1st, 2014 by Stephen Hurley
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“I don’t have a creative bone in my body”

This is one of those bits of self-deprecation/self-talk that accompanies many of us through life. Very often the statement is followed by a list of perceived deficiencies:

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