TxDHH Learning Bites 2/26/18


Learning happens anytime we reflect on something we have experienced. That experience could be a formal professional development workshop we have participated in, or it could be a quote we heard or read, a video we watched, or book we read.

The TxDHH Learning Bites addresses a topic relevant to deaf educators by providing resources in various sized bites! Whether you have 1, 5, or 15 minutes, or you choose to dig much deeper, you will find resources to help make an impact on you and your students.

For more information, check out our Video!

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Why this topic?

Feedback is one of those topics that some people like, while others cringe at the thought. It is critical, that we as professionals allow ourselves to be open and honest with ourselves as well as our co-workers in order to improve. We can learn something from all feedback, whether positive, or not so positive. The key is to keep an open mind, and desire growth. For us to give our best to the populations that we work with, we must strive to continually grow and challenge ourselves to become better at what we do and how we do it. Sometimes, that is difficult, but that is the way we will be the best that we can be.

How will this work?

Below are four different learning opportunities on the weekly topic, each requiring a different level of time commitment and involving different types of materials. Think about how you prefer to learn and how much time you want to commit. Then choose one (or more) of the activities or articles below.

If you prefer a topic other than the weekly topic, we have included Mental Health Musings, Terp Topics, and Learning Tech Bytes for you to consider.

When you complete your PD, follow the directions at the bottom of the Learning Bites Smore to apply for your Continuing Professional Education credits.

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Just a Minute PD

Read the quote below. What does it mean to you? Think about what it says as you answer the reflection questions below.
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Prefer to Read a Blog or Watch a Video?

Looking for the Research?

Thanks for the Feedback

"The Science And Art Of Receiving Feedback Well (Even When It Is Off Base, Unfair, Poorly Delivered, And, Frankly, You're Not In The Mood)"

Drawing on 10 years of working with businesses, nonprofits, governments and families, the authors of Difficult Conversations, combining the latest insights from neuroscience and psychology with practical advice, teach readers how to turn feedback into productive listening and learning.

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Mental Health Musings

Being That is a tough one. I don't know anyone who enjoys being vulnerable. But, if we are to grow, and learn more about ourselves, we have to sometimes open ourselves up to vulnerability. Find people that you feel safe being vulnerable with. Share your thoughts, feelings, and concerns with them. Ask for feedback on situations that you are struggling with. We ALL struggle! You are not alone in your struggle. Allowing yourself to be vulnerable will open a whole world of opportunity if you take that first, very scary step.

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Ethical Question

You are familiar with a parent that you are interpreting for, and the language needs are extensive. You are interpreting a very difficult subject that even you are struggling to understand and the client is simply nodding his/her head, but you have no double that comprehension is not taking place and the client is simply being polite. There is nothing that the person running the meeting can say to make the content easier to understand, so stopping him would be pointless.

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Flipgrid is an amazing tool to be able to receive and give feedback, or even simply to have online conversations. If you are looking for ways to have your students expressively discuss topics, answer questions, or simply to practice using video in conversations, flipgrid is the way to go.

Flipgrid One is the free version and it allows you to have 1 Grid with unlimited topics, unlimited student response videos, individual student feedback, private video sharing with families, integration with Microsoft Teams and Canvas, as well as the ability to embed it anywhere. It is available on iOS and Android.

Check it out at

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What does this look like in action for me?

For any learning experience, our learning is equal to our effort. In order for us to grow from our learning, we need to take the time to pause and reflect. How does our new learning fit in to what we already know and do?

Each of you reading this has a different role, with different responsibilities. Think about what you learned today through the lens of your particular role, as well as your personal and professional learning needs. This is an important part of the learning process!

Take the time to think about a new idea you learned, a new approach you want to try, or a new skill you have acquired. Consider how to put your new insights, skills, and abilities to work! That's where the real learning happens.

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Texas Deaf/Hard of Hearing Services

Susie Tiggs, State Lead DHH Services

Anne Darr, ESC Region 11 DHH Services

Twyla Loftin, Texas DHH Services

Danielle Battle, Sensory Impairment Services Birth to Three

Miriam Ackerman, DHH Services Technician