Many students in my Learning Strategies (GLE) course have “self regulation” and “self advocacy” listed as needs in their IEP. This means they may (1) experience challenges in managing their emotions, thoughts, and/or behaviours, and (2) struggle with asking for help or standing up for their needs. Just like other areas of needs (e.g. literacy, verbal reasoning), these 2 are skills we can help students develop. In a course like GLE, the flexibility in curriculum afforded me a generous chunk of time to help students identify and advocate for themselves.
In this post, I will discuss one tool that I…
Bits and pieces of my soul
lay bare on the cold marble ground,
stepped on by passers by.
I blend in so seamlessly that people mistaken me
for being part of that metamorphic rock.
the funny part is I am only worthy as marble,
as if my self identity never mattered.
No one noticed my brittle soul shattering,
nor heard me shout “please care about me”
only to have no response because
I am voiceless
I can’t speak
I am this insignificant speck of dust
who can’t speak. …
I had barely gotten any sleep last night. This is nothing new to me. I kept waking up with a heavily beating heart and busy mind.
Hey what if you banged your head against the wall? What if you ran into the Yonge/Bloor intersection? What if you jumped off that bridge near the GO station? What if you hurled that butcher knife through your carotid? What if you downed all your Zopiclone and drinks at once? What if you stabbed yourself with a syringe full of potassium chloride?
While I laid still in bed, my mind was running rampant. My…
In the past few months, I have been approached by recruiters on LinkedIn and landed myself job offers in fields I never imagined working in. I had no plans in entering the job market for the next couple of years as I am pursuing teacher’s college. However, my curiosity led me wondering: Since when was an anthropology degree appealing? Are they contacting a large number of people? What sorts of skills and values are they looking for? Most importantly, what about my profile stood out to them?
The key to that is putting forth my genuine interests, and portraying the…
In light of recent developments with the National Security Law in Hong Kong, I was reminded of a paper I wrote in December 2018. The paper turned into an article I published in UofT’s Anthropology Undergraduate Journal over a year ago. I wrote the paper with the intention of addressing what Localism in HK entailed, while hoping to touch base on what being a Hong Konger means. There was no way I could have predicted how things may have unraveled 18 months later.
As an anthropology student and aspiring educator, I will not stop speaking up for what I believe…
I used to sit next to the fireplace
for hours; I wished to be hugged by fire
so my heart wouldn’t be cold.
if I became a part of that glowing magic.
Magic obviously didn’t exist;
I wrote this in the midst of a tough period in my life. I often lack the vocabulary to directly express my feelings, so I try to convey them through writings like the one you just read. They are powerful reminders of the depth of my feelings.
The work I do is often fuelled by the emotions I…
In education, there are lots of discussions about how to empower students. Most often, we see changes like revamping parts of the curriculum, changing admissions processes, or organizing annual events for certain student populations. While these are great starting points, I have to point out that advocacy and activism are not 9–5 jobs. You cannot do something that empowers a group for an hour a day and then forget about it for the remaining 23. That’s not how it works.
Your values and beliefs bleed into different parts of your life in various ways. They are quite literally the ways…
In January, I started interning at my university’s Division of Student Life. I was thrusted into a new project exploring the plausibility and efficacy of implementing a campus-wide ‘content capture’ program, along with others working on educational technology. We had no idea COVID would eventually cause campus closures and force classes to be moved online. We thought of content capture, which often comes in the form of video recordings of classes, as a way of supplementing the classroom experience.
In February, we consulted with staff, instructors, and students from different faculties on their thoughts about supports in the classroom. We…
All too often, when I disclose my condition, people respond with “but you don’t look like you are depressed,’ or “what have you got to be depressed about”. I’d feel dismissed and invalidated. I would go into a thought spiral where I tell myself, I have a good life that I am throwing away and I should be ashamed. It makes me wonder if my diagnosis is a shield I am using to conceal my incompetencies.
Depression has a great social media presence, as one of the better known mental illnesses. The more commonly depicted experiences often include the lack…
I wrote a letter that never got sent. It addressed many people in my life, most of whom seemed to care about me.
No one apart from me has read it. It is quite meticulously buried such that no one would accidentally stumble across it. I still have a copy of it on my barely-functioning Mac; I am not a big fan of erasing memories. It was painful revisiting it.
I was a first-year student living on residence with a roommate. My roommate was our floor president and I was the social representative. I had joined a number of clubs…
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