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CTD for March 11, 2007

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Are you blessed with a child (or yourself) who has Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)? Then you might want to listen to this week’s podcast where one guy who has ADD discusses it (and how he’s wrestling with his son who also enjoys ADHD).

Signs point to Thomas Edison, Wolfgang Mozart, Ben Franklin, Winston Churchill and others who “suffered” with this “deficit”.  Discussed is Thom Hartman’s “hunter in a farmer world” metaphor that he espouses in his book ADD: A Different Perception. Also discussed is the Learning Breakthrough program and the Dore program (which is partially based on the LB methodology) and the possible cerebellum exercises which might offer some brain hacking breakthrough.

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About Steve Borsch

I'm CEO of Marketing Directions, Inc., a trend forecasting, consulting and publishing firm in Minnesota. Prior to that I was Vice President, Strategic Alliances at Lawson Software in St. Paul where I was responsible for all partnerships at this major vendor of enterprise resource planning software products and services. Read more about me here unless you're already weary of me telling you how incredible and awesome I am.

Comments

  1. Alison Gulden says:

    Hey, Steve, This was fascinating. Josiah sent it to me. You have descibed my younger two. Thanks for the encouragement. It just fortified my resolve to continue my darling daughter in homeschooling! She is thriving, and I SHOULD have homeschooled my younger son. Your podcast clearly delineates my second childs school experience/s. From a medical perspective, it is kind of “old news” and I’m frustrated that then world in general, knows almost NOTHING about this!

    Thanks for leading the charge to educate!!!!!!!!! You are doing a good thing!

  2. Thanks for sharing your personal experience on the topic. The podcast was a thoughtful reflection that challenges one’s belief about the “ABC” labeling of students and people. When I taught 8th grade mathematics for five years, the form of energy expression, referred by many as ADD, continually handed me the opportunity to expand my teaching style. Those times that I took it, was when I felt like I was really educating the new generation by implementing theories of social and cognitive constructivism, which focuses on critical thinking and higher order social skills. While the other times, I found myself retreating to my outdated pedagogical comfort zone. Thus, I appreciate those teachers and students who are challenging themselves and others to re-think and inquire the information at hand. Furthermore, I understand the perspective of parents like Gulden who suggest home schooling. However, the teacher side within me hopes that the line in the sand does not manifest into a non-communicating wall. May we teachers embrace the unique creativity being presented and mirror it through the creativity of our teaching.

    P.S. Steve, I have been listening to your podcast for about a year and half and I appreciate all the thought, effort, and time you put forth in this clear, focused, and creative expression. Just this year, I finally began to blog. I had to laugh when you talked about the reaction of those around you because I have been hearing those same comments. The remarks, “Yeah but who really does that? Nobody I know does that.” sums up my experience. I don’t really “know” you and others either, but your blog’s have inspired me to join the train. Continue to “conduct” the dots!

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