The Boomerang Effect

Fellow learner,

The Boomerang Effect materialized in part from a thought expressed by L.M. Montgomery in her classic story, Anne of Green Gables.  Her words have always seemed to call out to the imaginative child in me.  

“It has always seemed to me, ever since early childhood, amid all the commonplaces of life, I was very near to a kingdom of ideal beauty. Between it and me hung only a thin veil. I could never draw it quite aside, but sometimes a wind fluttered it and I caught a glimpse of the enchanting realms beyond-only a glimpse-but those glimpses have always made life worthwhile."

The Boomerang Effect is a term I use to illustrate a way to learn. As a learner, where did you start? Remember the type of questions you asked? "Why?", "When?", or "How come?" This guide is an invitation all educators to return back to the beginning of curiosity. I hope not to answer your questions, rather create more. Within each page, I have strived to create a safe place to throw out ideas that return new paths of discovery. 

I feel comforted knowing this is just a beginning, and this work will continue as I grow in capacity. There is so much to be added to its pages, and so much I may have overlooked. I have done my best to touch on the major themes of creativity, artistry, design, pedagogy, community, and inquiry. I believe these are a few thresholds concepts that create learning environments which invite learners to reach for more. 

I invite you to explore its activities and ideas. Interact with it and if you feel inspired, email me with your thoughts.


Emily Ann Cotton

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