Episode 3 finds me talking to Michele Monteiro. She’s a special education teacher at a school for kids with social, emotional, and other disabilities. Many of her students have ADHD.
We talk aobut how students taking, or not taking, their prescribed medication affects both themselves, and their classmates, the importance of letting kids earn back your opinion of them when they mess up, and the transformative power of chef Boyardee and ramen.
During our conversation, Michele and I express frustration with the the fact that not all educators are able to understand/respect the social and emotional challenges of their students. No offense is intended. I’ve worked with a great many teachers and administrators who deeply value social emotional learning. And, given that you’re here, I’m sure you do too.
Thanks for listening! I hope you enjoy it.
As usual, I can be reached at brendan@ADHDessentials.com.
2:10 Bit by ADHD
3:40 Time Blindness
6:31 How not taking Prescribed Meds affects classroom
10:16 Shame and ADHD
16:18 Effort Grades
17:26 Separating attitude from performance
18:08 Earning point back by doing well afterward
19:15 Teaching Self-Care
21:06 Why Projects don’t work for Michele’s population
22:08 Emotions Beat Academics
22:31 ADHD & Comorbidities
23:12 Why Michele Loves Her Job
24:38 The Value of Kids Putting Their Heads on Their Desks
27:31 Managing the Emotional Drain
27:47 The Value of Shared Experience
29:23 The Transformative Power of Chef Boyardee and Ramen
30:23 On Self-Care
31:55 Self Care Outside of School
32:31 Being Goofy in Class
34:22 Ending Essential