Try Again: Mercy is Necessary to Learner Safety

“Retesting clearly works, so I give endless chances. If you’re willing to work, there’s always mercy. You can try again.” — Craig B. Smith Craig invites students to learn without adding fear to a subject that already creates its own. He recognizes that students who are emotionally distressed—anxious, angry, or depressed—are cognitively impaired and don’tContinue reading “Try Again: Mercy is Necessary to Learner Safety”

Spiky Profiles, Peripheral Minds, and Evolutionary History

In that same interview, when he was asked about what would happen to society if autism was eliminated, he said, “That goes to the larger issue that we wrestle with all the time around [artificial intelligence]. Part of what makes us human are [sic] the kinks. They’re the mutations, the outliers, the flaws that createContinue reading “Spiky Profiles, Peripheral Minds, and Evolutionary History”

The Five Neurodivergent Love Languages

Over on my personal blog, I wrote about “The Five Neurodivergent Love Languages” and their role in teams. Neurodivergent people, working together, can fill the gaps in each other’s spiky profiles. Go team. Members of the Neurodiversity ERG at Automattic help each other out during synchronous, meatspace meetups, which can be very stressful. Support swappingContinue reading “The Five Neurodivergent Love Languages”