EP 84: Personal Narratives & Embracing Our Evolving Identity As Educators

Are you ready to unlock your full potential as an educator and transform your teaching and the learning experience in your classroom?

In this thought-provoking episode, Meg Durham speaks with Dr William DeJean about uncovering the patterns of thinking and behaving that expand our potential as educators and humans.

William delves into the pedagogical power of identity and its impact on teaching and learning. You’ll hear why he challenges the notion that education is merely a delivery of content and instead emphasizes that who we are as educators truly matters.

Through engaging anecdotes and research, William reveals how our origin stories shape our teaching styles and the importance of inclusivity in the classroom. Discover how embracing our identity can make learning stick for everyone. Don’t miss the insightful discussion on the wounded healer archetype and the power of personal narratives in education.

Tune in now to gain a fresh perspective on teaching and learning.

In this conversation we discuss

▫️ Why the stories we tell ourselves matter.

▫️ Patterns of thinking and behaving that can unlock our potential.

▫️ The difference between a wounded healer and a healed warrior.

▫️ And so much more…

You can quote us on that…

“If we want to make learning stick for everyone, who we are as educators matters.”

Dr William DeJean

“Relationships are at the heart of education.”

Dr William DeJean

“If the helper is unhappy, he or she cannot help many people.”

Dr William DeJean


Dr William DeJean | Website | Instagram | LinkedIn

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Hi, I'm Meg!

B.Phys Ed, M. Ed (Student Wellbeing), CIPP

I’m a teacher with experience working in primary and secondary schools across Australia, and a specialist in the field of wellbeing education and coaching. I founded Open Mind Education in 2013 with a vision of sharing practical, enriching wellbeing education with staff, parents, and broader school communities.

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