Believe Differently

Believe Differently

This post is long overdue and has been rewritten in my thoughts many times over the course of the last few weeks. When schools were closed and we shifted to eLearning my energy was consumed and I had to put many things on hold, including my work through Equitable Teaching and Believe Differently. It has…

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As I’ve mentioned before, fostering the development of a positive and supportive classroom community is a high priority for me. One of the ways I support this is through my classroom Shout-Out circles. At the onset, I teach students about the purpose of having a Shout-Out circle and expectations around what a Shout-Out should focus…

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This past summer I had the opportunity to teach summer school. I knew at the start, that some of my students had a tendency to get escalated or leave the room when frustrated. I decided to use a calming space within my classroom to help with this. At the onset, I taught what the space…

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I have found embedded in the day-to-day activities, routines, and structure of my classroom, ample opportunities for the instruction and development of interpersonal skills. One such example is seating, something that I do not leave up to chance. I decided at the onset of starting in general education, that I would switch the seating in…

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Likely if you have worked in education for any length of time and even more likely if you work in special education, you have been on the receiving end of disrespect by a student. As challenging as this may be, it is our responsibility as educators to maintain a sense of rational detachment in these…

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When our beliefs, behaviors, or attitudes conflict within ourselves we are experiencing cognitive dissonance, according to a theory developed by Leon Festinger (1957). Imagine you are trying to save money for a down payment on a house and you order a $50 steak or buy a $200 pair of jeans. That nagging or uneasy feeling…

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