Nancy Carroll Posts

October 14, 2014 / / Goals

On Saturday my daughter M. and I visited Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA. At first she was reluctant, didn’t want to get out of bed early on a Saturday morning (9:30 AM, sheesh), and complained that the ninety minute campus tour would…

September 15, 2014 / / Musings

My coworker friend Andrea is almost smack dab in the middle, in terms of age, in between my daughter and me. I’m 42, Andrea is 28, and my daughter is 15. The age difference between each of us is not old enough for…

September 7, 2014 / / Classroom

What do you do if the school year’s already started, and you don’t have a teaching job yet? Or you’ve been looking for awhile and all the teaching jobs have evaporated? Follow these five steps to land a teaching job, even mid-year. Check…

July 24, 2014 / / Education

There are some buzzwords that are overused ad nauseum that they’ve become like sour milk that begs to be chucked. They’ve lost their original meaning and any spunk or flair has faded, like Christmas decorations that are still up in March. Here are…

April 29, 2014 / / ADHD

Yakety-yak! Don’t talk back!  When I was a teenager, I sassed my mom and gave her attitude. Also, if I found a teacher boring, the lesson irrelevant (especially in Godzilla-awful geometry class),  or didn’t move fast enough, I commenced non-stop yakking. Or sometimes…

April 21, 2014 / / ADHD

Zip zip zip! Racing thoughts zip through my head like shooting stars. I catch them like fireflies, scramble and jump after them with a butterfly net, post-its in the wind.  This is how my brain is all the time.  No, I’m not manic,…

April 15, 2014 / / ADHD

Myths and Meds Ya’lls know that I’m not a doctor, nor do I play one on TV. I’m not necessarily pro-meds, or against them. You and your doctor will have to decide.  As for me, I am on non-stimulant medication to treat my…

April 12, 2014 / / ADHD

How to Survive a Boring Meeting Traditional learning in high school and beyond is set up for auditory learners. Workplace meetings are also pain-free for auditory neurotypicals. However, those meetings can be hell for the kinesthetic ADHD kind, yours truly included. I detest…

April 9, 2014 / / ADHD

God is in the details.- Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, German-American Architect Mies was on the right track. Yet I say that God is in the hyperfocus.  When Mies said it, he meant whatever you do, you should do it well and thoroughly.…

April 9, 2014 / / ADHD

ADHD Friendship FAQ Since I’m on an FAQ kick now, I thought I’d whip one up about ADHD friendship. Q: What’s the big deal with friendship and ADHD? It’s full of oxymorons and paradoxes. Many ADHD adults have a tough time maintaining friendships. Even…