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activity. To escape this trap, and to bring forth opportunities and practices for living systems, the discourse should shift to life, learning, relationships, connections, meaning, purpose, reciprocity, and mutuality (among other such terms). These words allow a new set of things to see, ideas to think

In: Sustainable Improvement
Author: Heesoon Bai

, afterwards we hardly remember many of the details of what we did. Imagine living one’s whole life more or less that way: not being present to one’s life. Even distractions, or especially distractions, that take one’s attention out of one’s fleshy self contribute to disembodiment. Distraction can be a

In: Speaking of Learning...
Author: Carl Leggo

, the subjects that deny the rules, the ruler, the rule, the measured rule, the straight ruler, the marks and demarcation of the ruler. I have finally grown unruly, truly but ruefully unruly. James Hillman (1999) reminds me that “living a long life serves soul-making by bringing to life the psyche

In: Speaking of Learning...

lives” (Meyer), this book has been born out of these educators’ passion for living a worthwhile life together with students. While what they share is much bigger than this book, I suggest that every teacher educator use the book in their teaching one way or another as a springboard to generating

In: Speaking of Learning...

response to this use of power has not been happy, and in many cases it has not been productive. A living systems perspective, by contrast, positions power as a life force that moves people forward, that enables work to be done, and that brings new ideas to life. For power to be understood in this way

In: Sustainable Improvement
Author: Avraham Cohen

This chapter is about an important truth I learned from studying my own life. Given the pain and struggle I had as a child and young person, despite the fact that I was growing up in a “regular” household with well-meaning and caring parents, I had to study my life closely to really understand why I

In: Speaking of Learning...

randomness in another context. The contexts for the process of education are infinite. Relating content to the point of satisfaction and peacefulness is connected to the process of education, which, like the process of self-organizing, is at the heart of sentient living. Education, like life, is a whole

In: Learning What to Ignore

narrative and its associated life scripts generates a peculiar set of what Senge (1990) calls deep and surface structures or what Sergiovanni (2000) calls the lifeworld and the systemsworld. The deep structures (the lifeworld) are the tacit beliefs, values, and assumptions that underpin the lived

In: Sustainable Improvement

succumbed to the system but, instead, have found ways to bring energy, excitement, meaning, and purpose to the learning of their students. These characteristics of learning come out of a living systems perspective that is ecologically anchored, characteristics that embrace Capra’s (2002) description of

In: Sustainable Improvement

personal ground, to think not about what needs to change but about how to grow – for ourselves, our students, and our colleagues. BUILDING KNOWLEDGE Stories of the professional self come to life in and through stories of professional knowledge, meaning, and purpose. From a living systems perspective

In: Sustainable Improvement