Give Yourself Permission Not to Mark

The following is a reflection upon Episode 121: How to Streamline Assessment and Spend Less Time Grading, a podcast by Angela Watson. Procrastination about grading has been a consistent part of my life as an educator. Too many of my weekends are spent feeling guilty about the pile of marking I should have forced myself … Continue reading Give Yourself Permission Not to Mark

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Trauma-Informed Teaching – Trauma Inducing Classrooms

Not having effective strategies to cope with the trauma I encountered in my classrooms has impacted my teaching career more than any other issue I have faced. In 2005 Rice and Groves defined trauma as "...an exceptional experience in which powerful and dangerous events overwhelm a person’s capacity to cope."   "Trauma is real."   … Continue reading Trauma-Informed Teaching – Trauma Inducing Classrooms

Imposter Syndrome – As a Teacher – As a Human Being

Recently I began to listen to Angela Watson's podcast, Truth for Teachers. Each episode I listened to had valuable information and advice, but Episode 114: Seven Ways Teachers Can Push Past Imposter Syndrome was the one that made the most significant connections to my own experiences.  Many people have experienced moments where they felt like a fraud. I … Continue reading Imposter Syndrome – As a Teacher – As a Human Being

To Eat from a Stranger’s Hands – “The Bite of the Mango”

Mariatu Kamara was a young girl living in one of the poorest countries of the world when war broke out. Although she lost her hands to the violence in Sierra Leone, the cultural lessons she learned early in life helped give her the resilience to carry on with life when many people would have given … Continue reading To Eat from a Stranger’s Hands – “The Bite of the Mango”

Trail of Lightning: The Importance of Indigenous Representation in Literature

I wrote this review as a sample for my students. I liked it so much, I decided to share it with all of you. The question of who should be telling certain stories is being discussed throughout the creative world. One might understand how people who've always had unencumbered freedom to pursue telling any story … Continue reading Trail of Lightning: The Importance of Indigenous Representation in Literature