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Sam and I have been talking a lot about purpose and the importance of asking “why?” lately. It has been a cross fire of dialogue full of candor and the weight of realness about it – really connected to our own life and lifestyle. We have noticed in our students and colleagues that when we ask “why” it can be very difficult to respond. People find it quite threatening and something they try to avoid at all costs. When we ask “why” it demands people to think and reveal more substance in being able to reason, justify and explain themselves with more intensity.

Our discussions have naturally led us down our own path of asking what is our purpose? What is it that we want to do? What we have discovered is that we believe we are on the edge of producing something bigger. Something possibly beyond our own comprehension.

We are inspired and envious of the people out there who have the guts to walk away from the safety of their jobs and their guaranteed monthly income to do something that they value and believe in. Something that fulfills them with pure purpose. Following and listening to their inner instinct to be truly daring, and having it pay off.

We too are seeking satisfaction and happiness in the development of our abilities and the relationship between our character and the factors that drive our purpose. This is what we value in the way we teach, and hope we affect change in the wake of our thinking and approaches to student learning.

We believe that we have a message worth sharing and have started to turn time and space back on ourselves to launch into the next phase.

How many of us are truly fulfilled in a way that the classroom, school and greater community reflect the place they want to live and the people they want to be surrounded by? Is it even possible to achieve such a place? Yes – we think so.

What is holding us back from stop playing it safe, and putting into practice what we try to instill and inspire in students and teachers?

Fear? Insecurity? The Unknown? Change?

Yes, to all those four things.

For now, we plan on lifting things off the ground (beyond blogging and offering PD) with some exciting news. It is time to seek fulfillment inside of us.

For those of you who are part of this community, now would be a good opportunity to share that we plan on writing our first book, of a 3 book series, about our philosophy. We are also in the process of developing an Accreditation (simple and invigorated version) style guide where schools can quantify and evaluate against our 7 time space principles for effective schools by asking three fundamental questions.

To make this all happen we need to make the time and space in our busy, over-worked lives to draw on all our experiences, skills and knowledge to take this next step.

We sincerely hope you share this journey with us. This might be the missing piece that we need to put the vision into something more tangible.

Who’s interested?

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10 comments

  1. Sarah Stobart

    Go for it chaps! Can’ t wait to read the books. You have definitely inspired me and many of my colleagues to think more deeply about why we teach and how we inspire our students. Good luck!

  2. Jennifer Abrams

    I am always interested in the work of courageous folks putting their voices out there. Let me know how I can help!!

  3. Fran

    Thanks for the read! It’s good to be reminded to think about the ‘why’… Definitely looking forward to the books!!

  4. Ann

    Wonderful to hear you and Sam collaborating again . It’s so important to have someone to bounce ideas off of and venture into new endeavors together. I took a risk last year which turned out to be risky so I’ve stepped back into a zone of safety to regroup. But the WHY keeps bubbling up and I see so many opportunies for growth both professionally and personally. I support anyone who wants to take a risk to make education meet the ever changing needs of our students.

  5. Nora

    Sam and Chad, always being pioneers in what you do and in setting up the standards to the kind of learning environments we aspire to create in every school.
    I look forward to following up on how this journey will unfold and what it will reveal. Best of luck!

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