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Find Your Communities: It helps to be Vulnerable – PTE009



Show Guest – Ashley Gravelle

I’m a RockStar Second Grade Classroom Leader. 

I’m a risk-taking, Limit-Pushing Facilitator who is always looking for New Ways to keep my students Engaged and Learning. I never do anything without a Purpose. 

Episode Summary

It’s quite a journey – as you step into a classroom for the first time, or take on a new role in a different school.
You look and listen, paying close attention to your colleagues,  to how they engage, to how they do their job.
And you wonder, Should I teach like them? Show I lead like them? Or should I reveal much more of me, showing what I’ve got to offer? 
This Episode we’re focusing on: Finding Our Way AND Our Place in Education. AND Finding Our Communities – where we’re recognised, validated and challenged. 
That’s Not All Though. We’ve also got the Lightning Round, where we’re Pushing for quick insights on Risk, Boundaries, Disruption and Messiness. 
And to bring us home, a Not to Be Missed Quote from Maya Angelou.

Episode Highlights

This is Ashley Gravelle. Find Your Communities: It helps to be vulnerable. Pushing The Edge with Greg Curran

Ashley Gravelle

  1. What Makes Ashley Tick and What’s Her Edge? 
  2. How To Stay True To Yourself
  3. How to Navigate Self-Doubts
  4. The Power of Positivity – A Top Classroom Tip
  5. How to Find Our Communities – Twitter and Connection
  6. The Lightning Round Risk – Boundaries – Courage – Strength – Creativity – Disruption – Experimentation
  7. The Not To Be Missed Quote 

My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and style. Maya Angelou

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2 comments… add one
  • Michelle Hughes

    This was the first time I have watched and listened to a podcast on teaching. I loved it! As a pre- service teacher I am full of self doubts and have so many questions. Ashley gravelle’s talk really enlightened me on what works in the classroom and on using your strengths and taking risks to benefit your students. I still have to do my prac but I share the same positive hopes for my teaching. A great talk and really enjoyed listening. I have subscribed and look forward to more inspiring podcasts from other educators.

    • Greg Curran

      Thanks Michelle for your support and your feedback. So glad that Ashley was able to help with your doubts and questions. I too appreciated her focus on capitalising on our strengths and also taking risks. I can’t wait to hear more of your journey as you step more and more into teaching.


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