Lisa Toms

Children's Meditation Facilitator and artist
Jordan, Canada

About Lisa

An idea worth spreading

To chase the muse and have the muse chase you. When it gets stale or stagnates know it's okay and then go to the water, the lake, the ocean or even the littlest creek to breath in life and find your own speed again. Read as much as you can, listen to music of all kinds, appreciate what others have taken the time to do and know to question things when your gut tells you something doesn't jive or you simply desire to know more!

I'm passionate about

Looking inside oneself to see and understand the world. Turning over rocks to understand life better and tripping over inspiring people and ideas as I make my way through the days.

Favorite talks

Comments & conversations

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Lisa Toms
Posted over 2 years ago
Transferable Modular School Design
Hello and thank you for your input again Fritzie. Please know it's not about appealing or optics but about enabling smaller rural schools and smaller urban schools to remain open through this exchangeable design system and maintain their school community and remain vital in the community. The benefits of a smaller school are strongly supported and instead of cutting costs by closing schools and building mega schools in our region we need to encourage the school boards to maintain smaller schools under a different paradigm. The schools that are projected to be built will be below capacity in 10 yrs and again will have to be assessed under an ARC and possibly closed. That's a lot of chasing ones tail instead of looking to the present/future and develop better ways to use a school. I also believe from all the wonderful discussion out there in TED talks and elsewhere that our school structure needs to change to fit the facilitating children, the cloud, the global education etc... Schools no longer need to be dinosaurs in the horizon.
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Lisa Toms
Posted over 2 years ago
Transferable Modular School Design
Thank you Robert for this input. I was remiss in my opening idea to state that I am aware of portables and they have been used and are used and so on. This idea specifically came from a pending closure of 3 smaller rural schools folding into a fourth with then the need for portables to house the overflow with a speculation of building a mega school in 2015 if we are so lucky to receive government funding at such time. 3 schools definitely require retrofitting will then sit idle during this 'honeymoon' time. The accounting to close the schools are based on projections of declining enrolment and the build of a new school is based on the day of. 2 different types of accounting to suit reason; it's like having an accountant in Greece and another in Canada. I really like your idea of remote classrooms, I can only imagine how wonderful this experience could be. This area is under the greenbelt legislation and growth is especially hard but there are a lot of old buildings looking for a new life. Our provincial Ministry of Education has worked towards smaller classrooms - 20 students and we find it does give back more to the student, to their relationships and their growth. Parents should always be dovetailing their children's education, if not leading it. I invite more thoughts and ideas.
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Lisa Toms
Posted over 2 years ago
Transferable Modular School Design
Thank you for your input Fritzie. The idea of the stand-alone portable you talk about has been used in high frequency here and subjects children to many unhealthy aspects of a long-term portable situation. There is a local school here that now has 9-11 portables housing classrooms. The idea is to connect the classrooms to a main established hub and flex with varying populations as needed within the Board system.