Teachers' Voices Season 2 Episode 8

Join educational researcher Nina Alonso for this podcast series as she shares powerful stories from teachers around the world, talking in their own words about their own experiences. 

How can educators and caregivers better understand the needs of students who particularly struggle to stay engaged in a world full of distractions? Does allowing choice in the classroom better support the differing needs of all students? Why is teacher-family communication and collaboration so crucial for children who need extra support?

In this episode, Nina talks to teachers around the world about helping students who may find it difficult to stay on task, thrive in the classroom and beyond. 

Cindy Anne, from Guangzhou in China, Rachel from Philadelphia in the USA and Michelle Li from Hong Kong explain how they work creatively to support students with concentration, self-regulation and task prioritisation. They also share tips to create supportive learning environments that can help strengthen the executive functions of students at different ages. 


Cindy Anne D.
Rachel Epstein
Michelle Li 

Resources and useful links

The Child Mind Institute
Executive Function & Self-Regulation (Harvard University)


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Our changing understanding of neurodivergence
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