listening to my voice

Today, I was reflecting on my classroom content via IG Stories..... explaining how in my experience, my yelling and preaching in the middle of a lesson “worked” for students who appeared unmotivated to learn but once they left it was a wrap. I am not talking about my entire population of students, I am specifically speaking of the population of students with socially constructed (dis)abilities such as ADHD. Also thinking about my students who don’t do anything directly related to academic learning outside of school/my classroom. They did seem to “get it together” when I gave those speeches but it quickly fleeted. This is a problem because it impedes on students’ ability and opportunity to be independent thinkers, creatives, and future entrepreneurs. 

Reflecting on this is one of the reasons I am still practicing purposeful silence and not speaking as an expert for teaching neurodivergent students, at this time. I don’t have the tools, yet. All I know, is research shows, if they need me to yell at them now, they’ll still need that later on in life, but what if they don’t have anybody to do that for them? And sure, we can say, I’m not yelling, we can call it rooting for them. But the fact remains, they need more than passionate cheers and encouragement, they need strategies and systems that support independent learning. 

*since writing this, I have archived the posts linked in this writing.


  1. Peace and energy to you young Sis...do not lose heart...the impact you are making is not visible to you now, and in truth may not show up in real and tangible ways until 20, 30, even 40 years from now. You may not see the harvest, but you must trust the seed. I am not a traditional educator, but have planted many seeds over the years and have seen the harvest. And I could have only planted that which I had been given. That is the cycle of Life, and WE need YOU. I found you from your book "Soundless Cries...", which I purchased during my travels, but I can't remember from where. But trust that YOU are already where you need to be, and your work has already planted a seed with me...Ase! ~ Peace, Love and Light from a 60 yr. old Eldress!

  2. ๐Ÿ—ฃ๐Ÿ—ฃ


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