Living and Teaching With ADHD

July 13, 2013

The fol­low­ing has been Reblogged from a Guest Post I wrote for Andrew Campbell’s blog Look­ing Up

I am 32 years old and teach grades 3/4/5 and have been under­go­ing med­ical treat­ment for com­bined type ADHD (both inat­ten­tive and hyper­ac­tive-impul­sive types) for just over a year now. The just’ is the impor­tant mod­i­fier here as I have spent my years from pre-school to uni­ver­sity, and every year there­after in class­rooms, try­ing to find my foot­ing in the sim­plest of rou­ti­nes we teach our stu­dents Day One. I kept re-liv­ing that first day of school, strug­gling with unman­aged ADHD for 28 years, until last win­ter when I just couldn’t make it out of the house any­more.

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HWDSB

Hamilton •2008-Present

HWDSB

Lis­ten and learn, and I’ll do the same. 

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Lycée Gustave Jaume

Pierrelatte, France •2005-2006

Lycée Gustave Jaume

My teach­ing career started Octo­ber 2005 in Pier­re­latte, in the depart­ment of Drôme, France. This lit­tle town is at the gate­way to Provence, where the beau­ti­ful Rhône Val­ley opens to the coun­tryside I grew up read­ing about in Marcel Pagnol’s Sou­venirs d’enfance  tril­ogy. My own aca­d­e­mic pur­suits just prior to mov­ing there were rich with appre­ci­a­tion of French music, art, drama, food, cul­ture, and a lan­guage and lit­er­a­ture back­ground that led me to spe­cial­ize in Medieval French and the poetry of the trou­ba­dours. On hear­ing that I would be placed to teach so close to where the great love between trou­ba­dour Raim­baut d’Aurenga and the Countess Beat­riz de Dia blos­somed, I was inspired and eager to explore a part of the coun­try I had so ardently dis­cov­ered through read­ing. I arrived with high expec­ta­tions, and left after 9 months feel­ing as though I had walked in Pagnol’s foot­steps teach­ing, writ­ing, tast­ing and explor­ing the splen­dour — not to men­tion lis­ten­ing to the hum of cicadas. ​ Assign­ment ​ Roles and Skills  ​ Pro­fes­sional Reflec­tion ​ Gallery  Position: Eng­lish Lan­guage Assis­tant Duration: 8 months, 15hrs/week Details: Inde­pen­dent and some co-instruc­tion of Core Eng­lish (reme­dial) , Euro­pean Stud­ies Eng­lish (Lit­er­a­ture focus), and Eng­lish for Busi­ness and Tech­nol­ogy (adult edu­ca­tion). ​ Pier­re­latte, France Roles: Teacher Skills: Con­tent researchEng­lishFrenchLan­guagesPlan­ningTeach­ing The teaching experience Listen to me read some Pagnol...

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