Dr. Barbara Garii authors our guest editorial for this issue. She is a former middle school, high school, and college mathematics teacher who taught in Seattle, Washington; Cali, Columbia; and Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. Dr. Garii's recent work investigates cognition and understanding; particularly how students use metacognitive and reflective practices to enhance learning. Additionally, she has been exploring how adjunct faculty members understand their teaching practices and share pedagogical and curricular knowledge with core faculty members. Dr. Garii's current research project studies how teachers and students co-reflect and co-understand classroom behaviors. In the following editorial, she addresses the connections between the five articles of this issue of the Journal of Authentic Learning with three themes in education: reflective practice, constructivism and the importance of beauty.