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Relational Pillars

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foundations and gateways to learning, living and working from the heart

Co-Sensing Journey
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in response to a virtual inquiry on the deeper meaning of Passion, Identity, Diversity and Understanding in Education inspired by the four pillars at the International School of London (www.islschools.org) generating a collective story harvested by Hala

key of

PASSION!

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what is the Key that Passion holds for our children, their families, their teachers and learning environment? Passion, yes, a strong word with deep relevance capturing and enlivening the Imagination by grounding learning in the interests and experiences of the learner Passion, yes, a strong word sparking unconscious Curiosity being aware of little precious things that burn inside, then seeing how they gather and repeat through positive attitude and action, glimpsing the transcendent in the ephemeral, or the idea in the practical

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Passion, yes, a strong word getting exposed to different Ideas and thoughts then putting them into action knowing that only by experimenting through trial, and feeling with our hearts can we discover authentic passion Passion, yes, a strong word starts with a personal Interest and grows by having the Space to discover it first, and to express it second. This brings the feeling of being useful for Others, coupled with a sense of success in what is received for any direction of interest Passion, yes, a strong word anchoring our learning to be relevant to life as we experience it through involvement, playfulness and wild experimentation, guided by future goals and the need of knowing more
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heart of

Identity

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what is in the Heart of Identity for our children, their families, their teachers and learning environment? Identity's Heart holds an environment of acceptance and unconditional love; a heart of openness to curiosity about self and about others, bringing a new meaning of equality Identity's Heart moves beyond policing the borders between who is doing the teaching and who is doing the learning; moving into brotherhood, following our path, walking always

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Identity's Heart brings awareness of the self, of one's rights and duties recognizing oneself in that which is universal and imperishable Identity's Heart shifts how learners are different than their peers; shifts how they define themselves shifts how they place themselves in a group, from what is often according to religion and/or socioeconomic status into what is perceived as the best for oneSelf Identity's Heart nourishes belonging: within the self, the home, the school, and all how? through the capacity of recognizing other peoples Qualities and receiving them as gifts coupled with the offering of ones own individual qualities as Gifts

Identity's Heart celebrates belonging to a Community of people who validate learner's qualities, being recognized and honored in their Individuality embracing mistakes, entourage, logic of living and various cultures

essence of

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what Essence of Diversity holds our children, their families, their teachers and learning environment? the essence of Diversity in learning a perfume, breathing acceptance, curiosity, fascination and openness; listening intensely and not letting prescribed ideas dominate the dialogical learning process through which new and unexpected connections and insights might spring
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the essence of Diversity in learning a perfume, breathing acceptance while loving and playing with differences yes, touching the awareness of differences which generates Unity of which diversity is the expression

the essence of Diversity in learning a perfume, when recognized allows diversity in its true sense to thrive without conflict; showing learners how they differentiate from others, according to small or micro-personality traits through exposure and empathy the essence of Diversity in learning a perfume, bringing understanding on how the other shapes our own identity and finds real ways to reach out to, understand and explore the essence of Diversity in learning a perfume, respecting the universal intelligence of nature that lets all possibilities exist simultaneously creating the context for well balanced relations the essence of Diversity in learning a perfume, celebrating individuality, freedom of self expression and choice through joyful sharing, exposure, cultural clashes and openness to various experiences
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power of

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What does the Power of Understanding hold for our children, their families, their teachers and learning environment? Power of Understanding, brings honesty with the ability to act in a world we recognize as infinitely complex; coming from openness, listening, questioning, listening Power of Understanding, brings honesty with love and compassion through knowing something in principle and practice; integrating the alignment of cognitive, intuitive, emotional and physical faculties

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Power of Understanding, brings honesty to all learners rooted to their parental figures, their in-group and their experience of learning by doing; which initiates growth and further learning Power of Understanding, brings honesty supported by various stages of understanding: sensibility, intuition, intelligence, vision, wisdom, and spirituality; all leading to the maximization of the human potential and the integration into a larger consciousness about the universe

Power of Understanding, brings honesty with empathy and compassion that come from being listened to, with love; engaging the heart as well as the mind, reading, opening up to various subjects, analyzing on one's own, reflecting, grasping, understanding
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Relational Pillars co-created by a virtual circle of diverse participants passionate about education bringing their individual thoughts and feelings into a collective synthesis for understanding initiator and harvester Hala Makarem Saab inspired by the four pillars of the International School of London
photos : nSite, 2012 community celebration ISL Group, 2012 shared values gathering Educational Futures, 2012 AIE conference ISL Qatar, 2013 celebration of learning n community creativity, 2013 felt perception learning journey Places of power in Lebanon, Uk, India and Qatar, 2013 visits a pillar school at Souk el Garb, Lebanon with the Peace Graffiti appearing in 2011

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