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9/8/20 Adults with ADHD: Russell Barkley Webinar

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Adults with ADHD

“ADHD in adults is among the most impairing outpatient disorders seen in clinical practice. ADHD is viewed as a disorder of self-regulation and executive functioning. The condition has an adverse affect on family functioning, self-care and independence, education, peer relationships, sexual activities, driving, money management, occupational functioning, antisocial behavior, substance abuse, marriage, and child rearing, among others. 

ADHD expert Russell Barkley will discuss the latest research on how to meet the many challenges facing adults with ADHD — from diagnosis and evaluation to everyday symptom management. Adults will also learn about the most effective treatments for managing common risks while living with ADHD.”

Sign up here: ADDitudemag

Exploring Cultural Bias, Racism, & Otherism: Online weekend retreat 8/21-23 w/Rev. Seiho Mudo Morris

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Exploring Cultural Bias

About the Event

From Rev. Seiho’s curriculum for this retreat:

“Hate speech, cultural bias, racism, and otherism are the accelerants for the explosion of violence that is affecting every single marginalized group in America, like the images we’ve seen of a nuclear bomb blast, a mushroom cloud moving in all directions and engulfing everything in its path.

“Functionally we have two choices. We have to take positive action, or go into inaction. It is not enough simply to ‘Bear Witness.’ If we do not act, the forces of cultural bias, racism, and otherism will feed that cloud of hate and violence that is its own form of radiation, and will ultimately end one’s life.

“Walt Whitman wrote: ‘…You are here – life exists and identity … the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse.’ This is my verse and my contribution, based on my 31 years of long-term recovery from addiction, beginning when I was a teenager. Having grown up in Twelve Step Fellowships, using the Twelve Step Model originated by Alcoholics Anonymous, what I’ve noticed and found so elegant over the years is that, no matter in what direction you point the flashlight of these Twelve Steps, however they’re modified, they shine brightly, lighting a path out of a place of personal and collective suffering, violence, and sadness.”

During this three-day immersion program, Rev. Seiho will guide participants through a Twelve Step Awareness and Awakening Process framework. This is an opportunity to explore and work with Cultural Bias, Racism, and Otherism, as we learn as a society to meet the unfinished work of the past. Participants will receive a copy of a 20-page instruction and practice guide developed by Rev. Seiho.

Teacher Bio

Rev. Seiho Mudo Morris is an ordained Rinzai Zen Buddhist monk, having trained and practiced in the Zen tradition for nearly three decades, as well as receiving formal training and empowerments in Tibetan Nyingma and Sakya lineages in various teachings and practices, over the past three years.

Seiho has been providing workshops and immersion practices related to cultural/racial bias, racism and otherism, harmonizing the Four Noble Truths, Eightfold Path and a specifically revised expression Twelve Step principles; in an effort to help support and advance a path of change related to racism.

Seiho has been providing workshops and immersion practices related to cultural/racial bias, racism and otherism, harmonizing the Four Noble Truths, Eightfold Path and a specifically revised expression of Twelve Step principles in an effort to help support and advance a path of change related to racism. He has conducted programs at Sundiatia Festival in Seattle, Washington; Nalanda West; The Gathering II: Buddhist Teachers Black-African Descent 2019; Choboji Dai Bai Zan; True Freedom Yoga;  and most recently at Boundless Heart Sangha.

He has been in long-term recovery for the last 33 years, and is a former addictions counselor, program director and facility administrator. He is currently on the administrative team of a behavioral health facility in the State of Maryland. He regularly  offers 3- and 5-day Zen and Twelve Step immersion practices.

Source & Registration: Flowering Lotus Event Page

Upcoming Online Event: 8/19/20

Empowering Educators: A Convening on Racial Equity in Education

The AU Antiracist Research and Policy Center is proud to partner with First Book and Pizza Hut to present Empowering Educators: A Convening on Racial Equity in Education. Featuring National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Jason Reynolds, as well as award-winning educator Liz Kleinrock, and AU scholars, this event will support K-12 educators in engaging in effective, courageous conversations about race and social justice.

Source: https://blairptsa.org/event/empowering-educators-a-convening-on-racial-equity-in-education-american-university-virtual/

Register HERE

Agenda:

Welcome | 11AM EST/8AM PST
Session One | Using the Empowering Educators Guidebook | 11:15AM/8:15am
Keynote | Teaching Humanity with Jason Reynolds | 12:30PM
Session Two | The Importance of Antiracist Teaching | 1:30PM
Closing Remarks | 2:45PM

Registration will allow you to access the event’s recording if you are unable to attend.

 

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The Homework Folder

Daily & Semi-Daily Homework

Teaching a student to use a 2-pocket homework folder labeled on the inside “Homework to Do” and “Homework to Turn In” is a vital step in materials management and homework completion.

For students using a three ring binder, a clear homework folder should be purchased and placed in the front of the binder so it is the first thing that is seen.  Staples typically carries these kinds of folders in-store, but not online (as of 2020).

I like the clear plastic folders because students can easily see the work inside.  Work that needs to capture their attention can placed face-up in the left pocket for immediate visibility.  

If the student is using more than one binder for class, he or she should have a homework folder for each binder.

For students using an accordion filer, the first two file pockets in the front of the filer should be designated for homework to do and homework to turn in.

I am not a fan of accordion filers for students past K-5, as they tend to become a catch-all and cause the student to spend too much time looking for the necessary handouts.  In my nearly 15 years working specifically with ADHD students, and those with executive functioning challenges, the accordion filer spells disaster. 

For younger students, however, an accordion filer can be suitable for teaching organization and making sure papers stay put, especially since K-5 students don’t have as many handouts to manage, but students should transition to a 3-ring by middle school.

Longer-Term Projects

I like the clear zip or snap pocket filers designed for 3-ring binders for storing projects that require a variety of handouts. 

Rubrics, blank calendars or long-term project planners I encourage students to keep in clear 3-hole sheet protectors as they do exactly that, protect sheets that will need to be referred to over and over for awhile!

Keeping this work separated from the daily homework and other handouts will help the student manage the many papers that can be associated with long term projects.

Help! I’ve Caught the Bitmoji Classroom Bug!

Which, all things considered, is definitely less problematic than catching another bug that is currently rewriting reality, but I may have to stage an intervention soon because Bitmoji classrooms are honestly turning out to be a little too fun, and I didn’t think I would say that about anything in 2020!

I continue to find silver linings in the current state of the world as we navigate the COVID-19 pandemic which has altered each of our lives in numerous ways for better and worse. It might be possible that the teacher of the year will indeed be nature, in the guise of a virus, here to show us just how out of alignment we are on both the micro and macro levels, from our relationships with ourselves and with others, to our relationships with social institutions and the earth.  For certain, there is serious work to be done. But I believe within that work are spaces for joy and play, and it’s my hope that we can find the expansiveness this moment, and every moment, demands so that we may grow in the right directions.

While parents, students, and teachers await word from their districts and individual schools on what the year will look like, we teachers are learning more and more about powerful technologies that can best serve our students in a virtual environment and make learning (and teaching) creative, expansive and fun!

Thanks to one of my close friends, a special education teacher, I have been whisked into the world of the Bitmoji classrooms! Aaaand… I can’t stop creating them.

Linked here is my Bitmoji room designed for teachers, parents, and students needing movement exercises and information to help with the handwriting process. Let me know what you think!

I will be publishing more resources soon for handwriting help!

In the meantime, here is the corresponding handout I created with all the exercises and links to OT resources and articles, including those not in the Bitmoji room: Proprioceptive Exercises for Handwriting

Stay tuned for access to more of my Bitmoji learning spaces and more on how parents and teachers can encourage reluctant writers to use this application to create book reports, lab reports, memoirs, and more!

Wishing you ease, friends!