I Can’t Breathe

It took about 8 minutes for George Floyd to die with a police officer kneeling on his neck. Over 20 times, he said, I can’t breathe. Imagining how this might have felt takes you to a very dark place but what is even darker is to remember all the black lives that have been lost…

Reflections

2020 has been a hard year. Everyone has experienced the lockdowns, social distancing and mask wearing challenges. As a teacher in Switzerland, I’ve had to live with an attitude to the control of this pandemic that conflicts with my personal beliefs. As a biologist, I’ve had to practice mindfulness as those around me demonstrated a…

Being a Woman

I recently attended a panel discussion on Race and Privilege. It was a thoughtful and interesting discussion, treading on some delicate areas such as should we feel guilty for our privilege. Following the panel, in our own school, I commented that I was surprised that the panelists (at least the educators) were white males, though…

Joined up Thinking

We are all guilty of thinking of problems in isolation. In joined up thinking, as an educator, I am proposing that we help students, and indeed educators, to see the big picture, to identify the links between components of the picture and to examine how they interact to form a system. Systems Thinking Systems thinking…