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I am sure many children I taught over the years were ADD/ADHD, but this also describes me. I like to wander.

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Now you can more fully understand why the exercise in the last post was such a struggle.


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In keeping with bell hooks and Noam Chomsky, I consider myself a public and dissident intellectual. Part of my work is to move beyond (transcend) institutional dogmas that bind me to defend freedom, raising my voice to be heard on behalf of those who seek equity and justice in all their forms. I completed my PhD in Philosophy of Leadership Studies at Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA. My dissertation and research was how teachers experience becoming teachers and their role as leaders. I focus on leading, communicating, and innovating in organizations. This includes mindfuful servant-leadership, World Cafe events, Appreciative Inquiry, and expressing one's self through creativity. I offer retreats, workshops, and presentations that can be tailored to your organzations specific needs. I published peer reviewed articles about schools as learning organizations, currere as an ethical pursuit, and hope as an essential element of adult eductaion. I published three poems and am currently preparing my poetry to publish as an anthology of poetry. I present on mindful leadership, servant leadership, schools as learning organizations, how teachers experience becoming teachers, assessement, and critical thinking. I facilitate mindfulness, hospitality retreats. and World Cafe Events using Appreciative Inquiry. I am writing and researching about various forms of leadership, how teachers inform and form their identity as a particular teacher, schools as learning organizations, hope and its anticipatory relationship with the future, and hope as an essential element in learning.

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  1. …but not all those that wander are lost…have a great evening and thanks.

    Be encouraged!

  2. In the years of counselling people that I’ve done, so often the children with adh or any other problem were children who needed and weren’t getting their parent’s love and attention.
    The same with teenagers doing badly at school in spite of being bright – pain and disharmony at home – sometimes they were the scapegoats. It really saddens me.

  3. Not keen on all those labels.
    Prefer to say Butterfly minds and they’re quite common. I have one myself. But we miss the point I think.
    And long before the children get to school.
    Children, and teens and adults too, need a lot more attention than they get in this modern world of ours.
    There are just too many things to do and see.
    Times when mothers spent all day every day with children are long gone, which is brilliant for mothers, but the children need one to one attention for as long as possible. Language is not just about speaking, it’s about thinking and understanding. Like when we learn a foreign language. We might have some of the vocabulary, but the cultural nuances may escape us. Many children learn to speak without that understanding to back it up, which leads to frustration.

  4. So do I wander. But isn’t that part of our spiritual growth? Or are you talking about something else entirely? Do ADD people wander because everything in their environment is actually just so mundane? I’m not sure I know enough about the subject, and would love to read a blog describing ADD with a metaphysical explanation (not the usual mumbo jumbo).

    • Yaz, good point. I wrote notes last night for a project and suggested healing is part of the equation for children with ‘learning disabilities.’ I observe we squash the spirit of many trying to fit them into the wrong geometric shape.

      Several years ago, while reading Martin Buber’s I and Thou, I began to ask the same questions. What role does spiritiual growth play in the development of children? It does, but we tend to ignore. It is hard to understand and explain. ADD people do find their environments ‘boring.’ Students tell me that frequently. I think the metaphysical plays a role and we need to ask the questions you are.

      Thank you for a great response.


      • If you do indeed have ADD symptoms, why not start the exploration with you? I’m just so eager to learn from real experience, not textbook gibberish. I write about certain aspects of mental health from my experience, and I’d love to hear your story. So would a million others.

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