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
In the newest installment of what I like to call, "This Might be How America Ends," Trump half-listened to what was being said at today's White House Coronavirus press briefing and then summarized it in a wildly irresponsible way.
My experiences during the first three weeks of self-isolation
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
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
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
The hardest part about convincing myself I'm allowed to write this story has been weighing what I want to say against the overwhelmingly negative representation of autism in the media.
I have a bone to pick about the way this person behaved. Marginalized people are often expected to defend their experiential learning and perceptions (people of various faiths, LGBTQIA, PW Disabilities, POC etc). When they express an opinion on Social Media, they are suddenly expected to provide a dissertation in support of their point of view.
If you ignore everything I've warned about here (and more I haven't even thought to mention), don't come whining to me when your finished product gets challenged. Don't whimper, "Damned if you do and damned if you don't," and expect me to have an abundance of sympathy.
Sentinel Intelligence is the ability to sense threats that are undetectable by most people. People with high intelligence and heightened anxiety are more likely to exhibit Sentinel Intelligence. It's connected to altruism and raised empathetic ability.