I have been a teacher all my life. Sometimes it was on a playground. Other times in the kitchen, church basements, on living room sofas or cavernous gymnasiums.
These days it is in the classrooms at Trinity Western University in Langley & Richmond, BC. I teach undergraduate leadership courses in the areas of conflict management, leadership as service and leading change. I learn as much from my students as they challenge me and wrestle with the material with fresh eyes each semester. And as a life-long learner, I love to add to my learning with ongoing research, scholarship and writing in these subject matters.
The classroom is mysterious and wonderful place where there is so much hope, discovery and possibility, as well as endless grading and frantic emails from students as deadlines loom (check the syllabus!).
Education changes a person. It changes a family, a community, a culture, a nation. It changes economies and businesses. It leverages the strengths one already possesses along with finding the right tools, learning how to use those tools and having mentors encouraging one along the way.
This fall I am in Chennai, India helping our university launch a partnership program with a new blended learning model of online educational delivery at Stella Maris College (Autonomous). I am writing about these adventures in education in India so check out the blog on this site to journey with me.