Welcome back to the Not So Wimpy Teacher podcast!
Do you have students with ADHD in your classroom that you wish you could support better? Well wishes come true.
Today’s guest, Jillian Starr, is a struggling student turned passionate educator. Her dyslexia, ADHD, and sensory/auditory processing issues went undiagnosed for most of her educational career. Now she uses her own experiences to help students in her classroom, as well as help educators have a bigger impact.
She is the teacher behind the website and social media accounts Teaching with Jillian Starr. She has been in education for 15 years and has been a classroom teacher for the past 12 years in grades 1, 2, and 3.
Teaching with Jillian Starr is based on the idea that it’s really important that we serve all students, and we’re going to dive deeper into that today. Jillian is sharing her own personal experiences as a student and teacher, as well as some amazing and important information about how we can better serve students with ADHD in our classrooms.
Episode 84 Takeaways:
- ADHD will show up differently in everyone.
- ADHD is not one size fits all.
- If you have one idea of what ADHD should look like, you’re going to miss it in your students.
- What signs to look for in your students.
- Treating ADHD with medication is a personal decision.
- The side effects of medication will be different for everyone.
- Be on the same team as the parents.
- There are strategies besides medication that you can use to help your students.
I cannot stress how important it is for us to learn these strategies as educators, so that we are better prepared to serve all our students.
I’m so grateful to Jillian for opening up about some deeply personal experiences so that we can learn from her. Don’t forget to check out her resources below!
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