Writing for Educators

Dearest followers,   I hope 2018 has started well for everyone.  I’m starting a second blog so I can focus on the book I’m slated to self-publish in May.   First At Happy Hour will help me grow my teacher voice and audience while I prepare the manuscript for publishing.   Mentoring   I’ve writtenContinue reading “Writing for Educators”

New Year, New Student: 3 Steps to Receive Accommodations at School

Want a New Student in 2018? As a teacher, I have sat across a conference table from dozens of parents requesting accommodations for their ADHD child. Adopting accommodations can make a significant improvement in a child’s performance.   A Reason to Celebrate After about 4 years of blood, sweat, tears (and moolah) spent on myContinue reading “New Year, New Student: 3 Steps to Receive Accommodations at School”

A Letter to my son’s previous Mom

There are so many things I need to tell you about your son.  The ways he has grown and matured, fallen and gotten up again are uncountable.  There have been moments of greatness and failures that made me cringe. The path I’ve taken with your son curves in a much different direction then it didContinue reading “A Letter to my son’s previous Mom”

Mindset Matters: The difference educational testing can make.

I always feel so free when I stare out at the ocean.  I don’t get that feeling at a doctor’s office.  Unless it’s an office of educational testing and neuropsychology.  After my son’s school denied testing for three years, I had my son tested for ADHD and other learning disabilities on my own.  The priceContinue reading “Mindset Matters: The difference educational testing can make.”

The Pros and Cons of Homeschool

Homeschool is quite “alternative” in my professional and many other educated communities.  As a public school teacher, I work hard to ensure lessons are engaging.  I teach 125 students per day (part time).  In that group there are bound to be some who aren’t motivated by Spanish, but my goal is to inspire and instillContinue reading “The Pros and Cons of Homeschool”

Thank you ADDitudemag.com

  I came across yet, another, stunning article on Additudemag.com, today about the latest developments in ADHD.  If you need information about the condition for you,  your child or spouse, do yourself a favor and read the article highlighting the myths and facts of ADHD by Dr. Thomas E. Brown. Photo by JJ Thompson on UnsplashContinue reading “Thank you ADDitudemag.com”

Is there a “best” fidget?

As a teacher, I know the student with ADHD- hyperactive type as soon as she sits down in her seat.  It’s apparent by the tapping, strumming, or humming she uses to calm that active brain.  Hyperactive and combined type ADHDers are my most honest students and give me a true reading of classroom engagement.  WithoutContinue reading “Is there a “best” fidget?”

A Moment of Truth

  Those of you have been following me for a while, know how hard I have worked to make school a better place for my eldest son.  I’ve seen doctors, psychiatrists, neuro-psychologists, educational assessors, counselors, and coaches all in the hopes of making school a more enjoyable experience for my ADHD child.  I have metContinue reading “A Moment of Truth”