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Reflections of a Pioneer's Parent

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I can’t recall exactly when or how I first heard of Blue Sky School — I suspect it was through a friend who saw something on Facebook. But, I know it caught my eye in the Kanata Kourier in March, 2017. As I read the article about this new school opening up in Kanata, I liked what I read. I found the messages from the co-founders exciting. While I had dabbled in looking at alternative education for my son over the years, it had always seemed out of reach; a dream of an alternate “if only” reality. But, something propelled me to the town hall meeting on March 29, 2017, in Modern Niagara. I went alone. Nervous and preparing myself to leave disappointed.

The town hall surprised me. The presentation, the ideas, the audience, and their questions. I definitely did not leave disappointed. Rather, I walked away interested in more. Over time, Shauna and I spoke and slowly that out-of-reach goal seemed to be orbiting closer to my family’s grasp. My son was getting very excited at the thought of …

Live Blog Post from Our First Day as Youth Innovators in Residence with the ISED Lab

from Chuck: "We are writing live from the ISED Lab. We are learning about technology and exploring the ISED Lab and we learning about history. Today, we are learning about technology and what the future is going to be like and how the technology is going to improve."

from Jaden: "The ISED Lab is a problem-solving place. The people who are here like to think about the future. It is interesting and colourful. They have a zebra. They are having us build with Lego. We are building things from the future. I am building a future home! It has a big dragon egg with a flower inside of it, two propellors and two futuristic dogs made into a throne. I think the future will be different everyday and special. So, make sure you appreciate the difference!"

from Charlotte: "The ISED Lab is a place where people create and they explore ideas they've never thought of before. Today, we are looking at ideas of the future. We are thinking about what will the future be like. We a…

It's Almost Here!

As some of you may know, the open house for Blue Sky School is on Wednesday the 30th of August. From the time of me writing this, that's tomorrow. That's mind boggling. More work than you could ever imagine has gone into the planning. Every step, from making plans to executing them, has been meticulously planned by Karen Hill and Shauna Pollock. But, what's so awesome about the Blue Sky School facilities? I'm happy I asked. 

     First off, we have an epic place for clothes. Why am I mentioning the larger than normal closet? Because it's awesome. If you keep walking, you'll see a gender neutral washroom because we respect all gender identities or lack thereof. It's the kind of washroom that makes you appreciate the invention of the toilet. Squeaky clean and perfect, it's the place you want to be in when you gotta go.

     It sounds pretty great already, but there's more yet. The next room you will encounter has at least 1600 books in it. Bookshel…

Having a Passion and Why it's Important

I believe that everybody needs a passion, but what really is a passion? A passion is something that you believe in and that has some responsibility for defining you. You can have multiple passions, I do and it's a good thing if you do, because a unique combination of passions, if used to it's full potential, can create some unique and amazing results. Some examples of passions are music, animal rights, human rights, and making. How are you supposed to achieve your passion? How do you even discover your passion? These are all good questions that I will do my best to answer in the following paragraphs.

     How are you supposed to achieve your passion? That's a bit of a trick question and misconception. You can't achieve your passion, your passion is what helps you to decide on what goals you have to achieve. Not everybody has the same passions and that's a good thing, to reiterate on the preceding paragraph, your passions make you who you are. 

     How do you discov…

The Magic Number (Going into more Detail)

Whether you wanted it or not, it's here. The Magic Number Part 2 has arrived. In one of my previous blog posts, we talked about the number 7 and how it applies to writing elevator pitches. In my opinion and with my experience, I have discovered that there are 7 steps to successfully writing an elevator pitch and today I will write around 7 sentences about each of these 7 steps. This blog post is brought to you by the letter 49. (It's not so good the second time, is it?) 

     The first step is to have a topic. Topics inform your audience about what it is you will be talking about and it gives them something to expect. Your topic should be included in the first couple sentences of your pitch. Remember that the point of your elevator pitch should be to get across something that you have to offer. This will most likely either be a service, idea, or product. Another thing to keep in mind is that your topic is the thing that will intrigue your audience and it is important to ha…

Why should I go to school?

Why should I go to school? The age of old question asked by the majority of the under 18 population who go to school. You've heard the basic "It's important and it'll help you in your future life" answer told by every teacher ever, but apart from that, why should you go to school? For many, it's not engaging and it's not pleasurable. For those people, whether they want to go to school is almost as rhetorical as being asked, "Would you like to get shot with a massive gun?" (In case you're wondering, for me the answer is no to the gun thing.)

     Below are 7 (my new favourite number) reasons why you should put the effort in to go to school every day. And yes, the follow up to the User Interface blog post is coming soon.

1. Why not? School may not be the greatest, but it's most definitely not the worst! It's something to do when you're bored and an excuse to get out of doing chores. It could definitely be better, but it could …

Blue Sky School at Impact Hub

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This week, we got to go to the grand opening of Impact Hub, the co-working space downtown, where Shauna is a member. Impact Hub was terrific.
Okay, now a little bit about our booth. We set up a booth with our banner, business cards and one pager. Hari tried to set up our video, but we couldn't get the sound to work. We did really well, we got 32 visitors (wow!) and everyone had something different to say.
When I was there, I got to see what everyone’s thoughts and feelings were about the amazing Blue Sky School and I even got to learn things about Blue Sky School that I did not know before. Our visitors talked about what their experiences were when they were in school.
Also we talked about how Blue Sky school is different from the mainstream program and much more.
It was so exciting to see all the awesome people.
I also went to other booths and they were all very different. I got to explore and see what there was, and let me tell you, there was a lot to see and I got to meet the mayo…