Monthly Archives: February 2018

Ideas for Helping Students Raise their Voice

Pernille Ripp

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My mother raised me to raise my voice.  She raised me to believe that my voice mattered.  That speaking up when I saw injustice was a part of my civic duty.  To not take my position of power within my white privilege for granted but to recognize it and share it with others.

My teachers taught me I was different.

That I was too loud.  Too opinionated.  Too much.

That I was the bad child to be avoided.

That I needed to learn how to tone it down.

Lower my voice.

Speak less.

Let others speak before I added my voice.

If it wasn’t for my mother’s insistence that my voice mattered, I would have been a silent child.

A silent adult.

As I see students speak up in the aftermath of yet another horrific school shooting, I cannot help but be proud.  This is why I teach the way…

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Because We Teach

Pernille Ripp

How do you follow up a blog post that writes about how you don’t want to be a hero?

How do we adequately describe what it means to pick up the pieces and keep on teaching, even though it seems America has gone mad?  Even though some people, including our president, are saying that we should be armed in order to protect the children we teach?

How do I write about all of the seemingly trivial components of what it means to be a teacher, what it means to teach,  when once again we have been reminded we may be the single difference between a child feeling loved and a child feeling the need to kill.

Where I live we have had a threat in a school in our county every day in the past week.  It doesn’t even feel surprising anymore.

And yet, as we walk through our doors…

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To Everyone, Sincerely Someone With Dyspraxia.

Empathising as a fellow dyspraxic person… ☺

The Rambling Student

Let me start by saying that this is my experience of Dyspraxia, it by no means explains everyone else’s.
It can vary so much from person to person, so take everything said with a pinch of salt and really listen and try to understand. And if you are Dyspraxic, I hope you can find some comfort in any of my words. Having Dyspraxia and not fully understanding, or feeling like others can’t understand can often feel like you are walking on your own with no one to tell you which direction is the right one. But if you call out, someone will be there, please do not feel alone.

Dyspraxia is a developmental co-ordination disorder which reduces a person’s ability to undertake daily activities. It can make it harder to drive, learn new skills, think, remember, balance, write, type, socialise, deal with emotions, plan, organise, speak, process, and pay…

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The Importance of a Diagnosis

Well said, Carly 😊

H2Au: the stuff of our life

I’ve been meaning to write a post about this since I started this blog.  I have so much to say that I let myself get distracted to the point of saying nothing.  I couldn’t decide how to frame it, contain it and get it all across.  Today I have decided just to start and let it spill onto the page.

There seems to be some confusion amongst some people we come into contact with during our journey.  Mainly professionals or workers on the periphery, to be honest, rather than anyone intensely associated with our journey, but there is this faction of people who think a diagnosis is a ‘label’. *add negative connotation and sarcastic tone of voice for dramatic effect!

These are some of my thoughts about this.

What is so wrong with labels?  We are all labelled and categorised throughout life.

Some examples that I am or have been…

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Why BBC Class Act is an exciting step forward for disabled actors

Carly is definitely a Class Act! 😊

Scope's Blog

BBC Class Act is a nationwide development programme which aims to support and raise the profile of disabled actors. Last week, we were lucky enough to attend the launch party and talk to some of the talented people involved.

On Monday, we shared a blog about Silent Witness and how amazing it is to see better representation of disability on screens, as well as a variety of exciting roles for disabled actors. We want to see more of this, which is why we’re fully behind the new BBC Class Act programme.

Last August, the BBC launched a nationwide search for talented disabled actors. From over 350 audition tapes, 32 people were were selected to attend an intensive three day skills workshop led by BBC directors. The actors were given lessons in everything from audition and camera techniques to help with their show reels, with the aim of improving their chances…

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