Furbaby Grief

When I tell you my shadow is gone, what I really mean is I have lost my light.    From the moment I found her, she was my shadow and my light. She was standing on the side of the road in a snow storm. I pulled over and approached slowly, not wanting to scare … Continue reading Furbaby Grief

Journey Towards Wisdom: Narrative Shards That Have Impacted My Life

I am autistic. You may also use neurodivergent or neurodiverse. I will not accept 'person with autism' or 'Aspergian' as descriptors. The latter is unacceptable because of the man—a Nazi collaborator who selected the children he deemed physiologically acceptable to protect within his study while the others were sent to die. In regards to the … Continue reading Journey Towards Wisdom: Narrative Shards That Have Impacted My Life

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