Children Are Not Mini Adults

Stop comparing apples to oranges Some try to justify the use of punishment and rewards to gain compliance from children by claiming that we do the same to adults. “We wouldn’t go to work if our employer stopped paying us” they say. Well, sure. We chose to go to work. We applied for the job, attended theContinue reading “Children Are Not Mini Adults”

Cultivating Inclusive Classrooms

What it really means to have an inclusive classroom Inclusion is Not a Place. Inclusion is an attitude; it’s an embodied philosophy. Inclusion is borne out of school culture. Inclusion is not simply about physical proximity. It is about intentionally planning for the success of all students. When children with disabilities are lumped into general educationContinue reading “Cultivating Inclusive Classrooms”

An Open Letter to Manitoba’s Minister of Education

MLA Wayne Ewasko, Minister of EducationRoom 168, Legislative Building450 Broadway Winnipeg MB R3C 0V8 Dear Mr. Ewasko, Manitoba parents and school staff wish to welcome you into your new role as Education Minister for our province. It is our hope that your experience as a teacher and guidance counsellor will help you appreciate and better understandContinue reading “An Open Letter to Manitoba’s Minister of Education”

February is Inclusive Education Month in Manitoba

Let’s make this one actually count Please help me demonstrate to MLA Wayne Ewasko and the PCs that inclusion is politically important. Our voices can drive change when we send a strong, united message to politicians. Inclusion is not a “benefit” or a luxury, it is a human right. And a basic one at that.Continue reading “February is Inclusive Education Month in Manitoba”

Inclusion Stories

My story series about inclusion, particularly inclusive education The following is a collection of my stories related to inclusion, particularly as it relates to inclusive schools and classrooms. There’s no use in ranting or complaining about something without putting forth actionable and realistic suggestions for improvement, so I started there, with Cultivating Inclusive Classrooms. It’sContinue reading “Inclusion Stories”

Manitoba PCs Name New Minister Of Education

He certainly can’t any do worse than the last one Mr. Ewasko brings much more experience to this role, having worked as a teacher and guidance counsellor for 17 years. Unfortunately, he takes on this portfolio during public education’s most difficult time in recent memory. Students are returning to school as the omicron variant rages across Manitoba;Continue reading “Manitoba PCs Name New Minister Of Education”

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Anti-Racism in Education

Creating welcoming classrooms, schools, and communities Possibilities This morning I learned that a school division in our province has created a brand new position, Divisional Principal of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Anti-Racism Services. I also learned that the person hired into the position is an intelligent, highly qualified black woman who is working on aContinue reading “Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Anti-Racism in Education”

Links Between Dyslexia & ADHD

Exploring commonalities amongst diverse neurotypes I’ve been exploring as many divergent neurotypes as possible, in particular those that commonly co-occur with autism and ADHD (my neurotypes). I’m not dyslexic, and I’m not an expert on dyslexia, but ADHD and autism are my special interests. I want to learn as much as possible about their comorbid conditions because manyContinue reading “Links Between Dyslexia & ADHD”

Mid-January Writing Prompt

Welcoming our new writers and a writing prompt Happy New Year! Given the past two years have not gone at all as most of us would have liked, we hope to offer a small but meaningful source for mental health support, as well as neurodiversity-affirming, accessible, and evidence-based information. Neurodiversified started the year off by adding aContinue reading “Mid-January Writing Prompt”

Pandemic Homeschooling: Am I Doing This Right?

Yes. The answer is yes. Sharing for any families who are being thrown back into at-home learning, virtual classes, or homeschooling.  Confession: I dreaded homeschooling. I love kids, I love my son, and I love watching him learn… but I truly thought I would hate teaching. Although I loved attending University and I love learning, I alsoContinue reading “Pandemic Homeschooling: Am I Doing This Right?”