Educator Reflection Tips

Podcast PD: Are you a trauma-informed educator?

A couple of weeks ago, Dr. Sara Truebridge (#resiliencechat) challenged everyone to think of all experiences as lived experiences instead of automatically assuming that people will perceive these experiences as we do. She explained that some people will dust themselves off and continuing pushing through while others may call their experience trauma. Regardless of what people choose, it should be their choice. As educators, our job is to provide support for students who may have lived experiences which dramatically change and/or negatively impact their lives. Listen to the Digital PD Podcast episode on using a trauma-informed educator approach towards behavior to learn non-clinical strategies that you can add to your current practices. Then if you are interested in learning about trauma from a different lens, you can read Dr. Truebridge’s full article below. Thanks, Dr. Truebridge for changing my mindset on this pivotal topic. From now on, I will be sure to allow my students to decide and continue to promote resilience.

Educator Reflection Tip #79: Is Your Online Instruction Inclusive? Digital PD 4 You

I have been reflecting on my life and how we educated students prior to March 12, 2020. If asked to choose just one, I would say that I believe that the inclusiveness of online instructional environments still needs to be calibrated. These pursuits have been nothing short of amazing!! While excited, I can’t help but think about those students who may have been lost in the shuffle.  I must admit that I worry about students with exceptional needs during this time. My fear is that we are spending so much time attempting to synchronize and calibrate what online instruction looks like we haven’t devoted enough attention towards personalizing and differentiating instruction within the online environment. Norman Kunc notes that when inclusive education is fully embraced, we abandon the idea that children have to become “normal” in order to contribute to the world. We begin to look beyond typical ways of becoming valued members of the community, and in doing so begin to realize the achievable goal of providing all children with an authentic sense of belonging. This episode focuses on strategies teachers and schools could use to ensure that we have included processes and strategies which meet the needs of all levels of learners. Come along and reflect with me as you think through your current processes and consider the strategies I am proposing for you.  Here are a few of the Resources/References you could use to deepen your knowledge. Direct links are included in the accompaning post for this episode at Here’s What Happens When Every Child Gets a Personalized Learning Plan Defining Learning Disabilities What are Classrooms Like for Students with Disabilities Helping Students with learning disabilities Teaching Students with Disabilities: Perceptions of a First-Year Teacher Personalized Learning for Every Student An Operationalized Learning of Personalized Learning Edutopia-3 Myths about Personalized Learning — This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast.
  1. Educator Reflection Tip #79: Is Your Online Instruction Inclusive?
  2. Educator Reflection Tips, Volume II: A Look Inside
  3. Educator Reflection Tips #78-Are you reluctant to pursue your personal goals?
  4. Educator Reflection Tip #77: Reconsidering the Gradual Release Process
  5. Educator Reflection Tip #76: The Art of Self-Reflection


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