Humans are naturally social beings. It is all about the relationships we build and grow. The better the relationships are at school, the happier and more productive students and teachers will be. When we have positive relationships, everything we do will be more enjoyable. When relationships are working, everyone is…

7 Strategies for Personal Professional Learning: Teachers are learners too. It is time to change traditional “sit and get” professional development move to personal professional learning opportunities by Barbara Bray

Professional learning encourages personal growth by teachers, but much professional development (PD) programs are designed around the “one size fits all” approach. A district may mandate that all teachers have to attend specific sessions around the district mission. Did the teachers have a voice in creating the mission? How does…

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) starts with the WHY of learning. This post is an overview of UDL, the three UDL principles, the Learner profile, and the Personal Learning Backpack

Universal Design for Learning (UDL), developed by David Rose and Anne Meyer from CAST (Center for Applied Special Technology), provides suggestions on how learners can reduce barriers and maximize their learning. When I first learned about UDL, the principles started with the WHAT. After 2014, Rose, Meyer, and David Gordon…

“Our ikigai is different for all of us, but one thing we have in
common is that we are all searching for meaning.”
Hector Garcia Puigcerver

When I first learned about ikigai around ten years ago, I was in a deep conversation about the meaning of life with a…

What, Huh? What did you say?”
“Are you really listening?”

The problem with “kind of” listening is that it can lead to mistakes, misunderstandings, the wrong goals, wasting time and lack of teamwork.

I love the quote in the graphic above from Ernest Hemingway. There are so many reasons for…

Barbara Bray

Fostering curiosity, wonder, joy ~ author, speaker, disruptor ~ podcast host ~ Twitter chat co-host ~ author “Define Your WHY” ~ stories on passion & purpose

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