Yes, no problem, you can use my quote and thank you for asking permission
I do remember that we talked about that but will go off and look for the details now of course (edited to add: I can’t guess which bit will fit in a thesis on adhd and dyslexia teaching, would live to know! )
I don’t know if it would also be helpful, but somewhere on here is also an anecdote about teaching kids with fidget toys, in particular the fidget spinners, when they first came in (I loved them, didn’t know yet that I had adhd, had a very different classroom experience during the fidget spinner craze than ‘most’ colleagues, as far as I could see). Which may say something about how being genuinely accepting of something your students do can vastly reduce friction and stress.
We all have personal ‘triggers’ - mine is lying, especially in a certain way. If I’ve already made it clear that it is safe to be honest about not having done something, so we can talk about what might need to change for them to want to do it after all, for example, but they can’t do that and continue to lie, I can sometimes find that frustrating. Or if a pupil does things that (from an adult) would be considered mean, I find it hard sometimes to keep forgiving and ‘forgetting’.
So I think what I am saying is that if a teacher (being only human) gets genuinely irritated by fidgeting, that will affect they way they engage with a pupil who does that. So maybe we should also be looking at that side of trying to improve classroom environments for people with adhd and dyslexia. Don’t know if there’s any research done on that, or if it’s too far from your current remit, but I will try and remember to look into this myself sometime!
Cool that you are also doing a master’s in education Mine is in teaching English. Pre Corona I thought I could be done by December but now I think I’ll need longer.
I’ve just given up my job teaching adults, where I’ve been teaching for over 10 years, so that I can really focus on improving the secondary teaching. Still have to actually find a job for September but not worried yet.
Bit saddened and disappointed that the section leader who quizzed me very unprofessionally in November about my adhd has engineered it so that my contract isn’t being extended where I currently teach teenagers. I was making good progress on the classroom management side of things and then Corona happened, so she’s using that to point out I haven’t improved on that since March when the school went online.
Which is especially galling because my pupils have actually done better than hers since I got to coach them all from a distance
Sorry for the loooong post! I didn’t realise how much I missed being here, thanks for enticing me back:smile:
By the way, what do you teach and how far along are you with your master’s?