Rethinking Learning Reflections
Taking Conversations Deeper
Join Barbara with awesome difference-makers in deep discussions around controversial topics and current issues. The reflections are different than the Rethinking Learning Podcasts that focus on each guest’s journey in defining their WHY. The reflections are conversations that go deeper around one topic.
Rita Wirtz is the podcast host of “Let’s Get Real,” a coach, and the author of Reading Champions! Teaching Reading Made Easy, Stories From a Teacher’s Heart, and Reading Champs
Reflection #17: Becoming the Mentor Kids Deserve with Noa Daniel
Noa Daniel is Chief Building Officer at Building Outside the Blocks, executive director of The Mentoree, hosts the OnEdMentors Podcast, and the author of the newly released children’s book Strum and The Wild Turkeys.
Reflection #16: Learning from Every Interaction and Opportunity with Stephanie Rothstein
Stephanie Rothstein is an EdTech TOSA for Santa Clara Unified School district, supporting 33 schools and the opening of a project-based learning high school in 2022.
Reflection #15: Fostering an Anti-Racist Culture with Dr. Henry Turner
Dr. Henry Turner is most proud of the collaborative environment and efforts he works to establish to empower students to fight hate and bigotry within their school community.
Nicole Biscotti wrote “I Can Learn When I’m Moving: Going to School With ADHD” with her 9-year-old son, Jason, from the unique perspectives of a child and a mother who is also a teacher.
Reflection #13: Choose and Impart Joy in Uncertain Times
Jillian DuBois, n infuser of JOY. teaches 2nd grade in Clearwater, FL. Education has been her passion and heartbeat for 20 years where she loves guiding and partnering with her littles.
Reflection #12: Now is the Time to Disrupt the Status Quo
Dr. Basil Marin and “JT” Taylor take this conversation with me to new heights. It’s time to rebuild a broken system by not being silent. The system wasn’t working before COVID so we have to do it differently.
Reflection #11: Humanizing Distance Learning
Paul Emerich France shares with me why most of us have to incorporate digital pedagogy into our teaching. “Why not use this time for the true purpose of education?”
Reflection #10: Humanized Pandemic Teaching
Chris McNutt, a 9th-grade digital design, Executive Director of the Human Restoration Project, reflected with me on how to build a more human-centered classroom amidst a pandemic.
Reflection #9: Empathy for YOU in Uncertain Times
I reflected on how empathy can help us get through stressful times. This is her own story of having difficult times getting through the day and how talking with others has helped me.
Reflection #8: Discussion about the guest post on Intersectionality
Matt Weimann and I discuss Intersectionality about privilege and why we may be oblivious of what is happening around us. This post helps understand how perspective can sway what you believe.
Michaela Loo and Tricia Pettis discuss with me their journey how they expanded what they learned about personalized learning to meet the needs of all learners.
Hedreich Nichols and I explored the different needs that black and white educators have when discussing what systemic racism means for different people from varying perspectives.
Reflection #5: Being Intentional to Build Resilience and Hope
Joan Young with a background in psychology and I decided it was a good idea to discuss some of the issues around emotional health during this pandemic and issues around racism.
Reflection #4 Mental Health Awareness All Year Long
Kecia McDonald and I discussed why mental health deserves to be valued and honored as much as physical health. All aspects of health are interrelated and need to have clear and visible support.
Reflection #3 Belonging and Our WHY during this Pandemic
Ilene Winokur and I were sharing ideas during a podcast and decided to record their reflections on our sense of belonging and re-defining our WHY during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Reflection #2 My Why While Staying at Home
I was sad yet realized how fortunate I am to have connections to family, friends, and people around the world. I’m finding the most important things in our lives are the relationships we have.
Reflection #1 Teaching Online –– in this time of crisis
Teaching online could be all-new for you. If so, it can be scary and overwhelming. This might be the time to look at how you can communicate effectively in an online environment and provide a calming effect.