I am a queer educator, writer, yoga instructor, and animal petter living in the PNW. I write about ADHD, teaching, yoga, and trauma recovery. I teach yoga on IG Live Monday - Saturday @erindoesyogaeverymorning.
How to Help Your Child Stay Motivated in School
Parenting a school-age child can be scary and overwhelming. How do you keep your child motivated and teach them the value of their education? Every parent wants their child to succeed and it can be hard to know what to do. As a middle school teacher, I am frequently asked by parents how they can support their children’s learning. No two students are identical in terms of their motivation, interests, and attitudes towards their education, but I can offer three simple suggestions that will keep your child engaged in their studies long term.
6 Little-Known Ways Women with ADHD Struggle Day-to-Day
Women with ADHD are wildly underdiagnosed, a fact which has been gaining traction as more and more women speak out about their experiences with neurodiversity. Few people are aware of the ways that ADHD specifically impacts women. Girls and women with the disorder often suffer in silence, and are more likely to suffer from generalized anxiety and major depression than their male peers. As a woman with ADHD pursuing a masters in educational psychology, I have learned a few things about my condition that I think more of us should be aware of.
Three Ways Teachers Can Empower ADHD Learners
Growing up, I was a difficult kid to teach. My imagination was out of control, often leading me off on chaotic tangents, taking my classmates with me. I rarely raised my hand and spent almost all of my time at school talking at warp speed, barely taking a moment between non-seqitors to breathe. I lost worksheets. I talked to my classmates during tests. On one occasion, I even convinced my grade three class to sign a petition promising not to listen to a substitute teacher on the grounds she was a witch. I drove my teachers insane with my incessant questions and insatiable appetite for a constant stream of fresh stimulation.
The ADHD Symptom No One Talks About
In third grade, Jeff was the coolest kid in our class. He was friends with everyone; kids wanted to sit with him at recess, to play soccer with him at lunch on the wide gravel field. His jokes got laughs from the entire class, often derailing lessons much to the dismay of our teacher. Jeff was so popular that adults would need to intervene to help him decide which kids to partner with during group projects, the long line of hopeful acquaintances snaking away from his desk.
Masking and Unmasking in the Classroom
Each morning, around halfway through my commute, my Ritalin kicks in. Today is no different. I'm exhausted; last night, I convinced myself it was a good idea to stay up late listening to a podcast. I've had three cups of coffee but the only result is a hollow ache in my stomach.