Shawn White

Educator, Writer, CAGS Ed Leader. Cand., The Synapse publication Editor @synapsepub, Organizer @EdcampHome, Web Presence Comm. @EdcampUSA. /

Learning, Defined in 100 Words

Learning is the greater sum of the perpetual short-/long-term integration of stimuli — consumed via the senses and through such means as observation, experimentation, knowledge acquisition, …. — and its resultant processing into the brain’s neuronal networks, permitted by emotional openness, requiring emotional relevance, and further solidified by such things…


That’s what I’m thankful for.

Cliché? Perhaps. A witty response? Nope. But nonetheless a simple truth.

I’m thankful for love.

I’m thankful for the love shared with my wife, a love that has thrived, though at times it seemed to barely survive. That our love endures and that she tolerates, if not accepts, if not embraces my many…

His Hat, It Hangs

A lament, in verse, of a high school dropout.

The following poem was written as I sat looking at the hat above, pondering its owner’s circumstances and

Publications edited by Shawn White

Exploring the essence of learning, teaching, and education. @synapsepub {Queries:} (Formerly titled Teaching, Learning, and Education)

Exploring and celebrating the many and varied tales of our furry best friends. (email hi{at}shawnwhite{dot}us to submit a post)

A new publication currently in development.

Write for The Synapse

Query guidelines for The Synapse, formerly the Teaching, Learning, and Education publication.

Mindfulness as an Educational Aim

The following was written in 2005 as a response to a Philosophy in Education course assignment to, in under 500 words, synthesize points from the three

Learning is.

Learning is integration of stimuli.

Learning is adapting to survive.

Learning is the recognition of patterns.

What Fantasy Football Taught Me About Learning

Embracing ignorance, understanding learners, and the importance of relevance

When Opposites Mean the Same

A lesson from my son.

Last spring my eight-year old son asked, “Daddy, did you know that opposites can mean the same thing?”

First and Final Embraces

My then-fiancé and I decided to adopt a Golden Retriever.

That weekend, on a Sunday morning, I visited my mother’s home and decided to take my…

What I Learned Building with Lego Bricks

I was born to young parents who were not ready for a child. They separated when I was five and neither was able to independently care for me. The…