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Sunday, August 15, 2010

Edutopia Webinar - Dr Judy Willis - Neuroscientist & Educator

H Everyone,

This one of my all time favourite Webinars. I regularly use snippets of it, when speaking to groups of teachers about inclusive educational practices and how to work with students with challenging behaviours, learning difficulties and disabilities.It helps teachers to understand, that many of the behaviours seen in children deemed as 'weak choices' are actually unconscious reactive brain activity.

It saddens me that so many students have been labelled as being 'weak in character' when the problem is neurologically based and the solution is about changing the environments in which they are struggling to learn.

This webinar has the power to change the practices of even the most rigid thinking teachers. Of course, first you have to convince them that it is worth while spending an hour of their time to watch it : - )

If you have enjoyed this video, you may like to check out the Edutopia Channel at Youtube. Visit the Edutopia website for a full range of multimedia resources and the support materials to all of their webinars.


  1. This is a great webinar! It definitely helped me understand certain behaviours and provided perspective to my own teaching. I appreciate that there are always ways to improve my own practices and consider webinars like this one well worth the hour watching. Thank you for all the hard work that you put into your blog - I always look forward to your next post.
    P.S - Are there any (Edutopia or otherwise) you suggest watching?

  2. Thanks for leaving a message. I love it when people write back : - )

    For Autism you can't go past the University of California's Health Channel ( Youtube)
    Here is the link
    Just click on the topic you are after. There are some fantastic lecture style videos by very famous people in the field.

    For all things disability my favourite place to go is the SERU (Special Education Resource Unit) website. They have some amazing conference recordings you can watch. Follow the link below then scroll all the way down to the bottom of the page to find the recordings.



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