Avoiding The Black Death in Middle-Age

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Read After Burnout

The diary of a new teacher (aged 50ish)

When Fiona Milligan retrained in her fifties, she imagined the kids would think her wise — then she started work

With hindsight it was more hubristic than altruistic. Like the two-score of middle-aged professionals who have volunteered themselves for the Now Teach experiment, I thought my 25-year career in publishing, a desire to do something laudable with the last decade of my working life, and a belief that I could be useful made me ideal for late-onset teacher training. Even better than a wide-eyed graduate, with their memory of school still fresh and their optimism undimmed, I would bring expertise, wisdom and authority to the job.

I still spend much of my time thinking about the job. Twenty-five years in teaching left me with a sore that was irritable and difficult to itch. I read this article from…

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  1. I wish I’d checked my comments drop-down before leaving Part-2 of my last comment on muddlingthroughmymiddleage. I got here through your follow – and thank you for that.

    Personally, I think it’s a bloody miracle that we have anyone willing to teach in today’s school system – in the US anyway. From the stories of my teacher friends it was difficult enough before “teach to the test” which, in my opinion has little to do with education and everything to do with metrics attempting to justify a process that needs no justification. I probably wouldn’t have lasted an entire year. They would have fired me and my big mouth!

    It’s practically dawn here and I am expecting workmen in my apartment tomorrow (later today), so I must stop and put myself to bed. But I’ll be back to read a bit of what you have to say. Onward and upward.
    (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMORE dot com)
    ADD/EFD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder
    “It takes a village to educate a world!”

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      1. I work privately and virtually (over the phone) in weekly appointments. My clients have a variety of reasons why they hire me, but the majority usually have been diagnosed with one of what I call the “alphabet disorders” – Executive Functioning challenges as the result of various disorders that usually go by initials (ADD, EFD, OCD, including anxiety and depression, etc.) – or want help with a child or loved one.

        I am one of a limited number of coaches who do what I call “brain-based” coaching vs. the older psychological models (many of the others got their training from me).

        By understanding what’s going on in the brain we can better decide which interventions are likely to work with which clients and – more to the point – the client is more likely to actually DO the work when THEY understand it is brain-based and not some sort of personal moral failing.

        I help them develop systems to work with and around challenges with memory, procrastination & follow-through, task, time & transition management, impulsivity & hyperactivity, perfectionism & black and white thinking – etc.

        When the blog was young I wrote a series of articles in a magazine-like format about the coaching progress of several composite/fictionalized clients to give folks an idea of how it works. If you’re interested, use the search box on my site (top right) for Can This ADDer be Saved? – you can click through the series from each article.

        Come to think of it, it might be time to repost those articles for new readers, and return to write the follow-on articles mentioned in Part-4 — so thanks for asking.


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