What do our children need from us right now? “The brain does not like uncertainty.” These were the wise words of Dr. Jean Clinton, who spoke to our staff on Thursday, September 2 as we prepared to come back to school. Dr. Clinton is one of Canada’s preeminent child psychiatrists, and she spent some time with us thinking about what … Read More
We were joined by Mabin alum, Dr. Na-Koshie Lamptey (‘85), Deputy Medical Officer of Health for the City of Toronto for a conversation about the impact of COVID on schools and schooling.
In these difficult times, it’s especially important to pay attention to the diverse needs of children and adolescents, and to provide the encouragement and developmental supports that they require. Dona Matthews and Joanne Foster discuss ways to provide an “optimal match” between individuals and their learning experiences. They focus on ways to nurture engagement, resilience, creativity, and productivity, and they … Read More
A mom asked me last week — “When I drop my child off for JK next year, will you be able to hug her?” Good question. “I can’t imagine NOT hugging her,” I said. And it’s true. I can’t. But the truth is, we don’t know yet. It’s not clear yet what school will look like if, and when, we … Read More
The Mabin School was founded on the belief that children are capable and competent, and their questions should guide their learning. We have always been a place where play and inquiry were central to our pedagogy, and we learn from our interactions with each other and the world around us. The current situation, where we are prevented from being together … Read More
The move to Remote Learning was sudden and unexpected. As one of Canada’s first Ashoka Changemaker Schools, The Mabin School is used to putting relationships and empathy at the heart of all learning. When we are together in our little school house, it is remarkable to watch our teachers intuitively shift and adapt in response to the signals and cues … Read More