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beasyou-are asked:

How did you cope with your depression, anxiety, and ADD in college? I've been struggling with all 3 through 2 semesters of college and I am very much ready to leave school for good.

Sorry that I’m just now answering you. :/

College was…meh…for me in those regards. I wasn’t diagnosed with ADD until my freshmen year—when I really struggled first semester. The thing for me is that I was always one of those students in HS who could get by on just being smart—and *boy* was I lazy. So I never learned coping strategies (which is where I’m struggling now that I *can’t* just get by on my smarts.) The depression and anxiety had always been something I struggled with, but for me the initial change of scenery from my family actually helped things.

Are you a freshman? Freshman year was really, really tough for me—it’s a BIG adjustment. Sophomore year was *much* better. I’m sure all the change in location, work, classes, living situations etc can be triggering.

A lot of it, I’m guessing, is exhaustion. You have been a student for SO LONG that it’s understandable that you’re ready to be done with it. Those feelings are totally valid.

I’m not going to lie, I had some ups and downs in my college experience. Junior year was an awful year, but that had more to do with life changes outside of school. And I really just self-destructed. First semester senior year senioritis hit me like woah. It was bad. 

I would really advise you to, if you have not already, look into the counseling/mental health services that your school offers. I’m sure you’ve seen that I’m struggling to find services for myself out there in the “real world” so take advantage of having access to them while you can. Find yourself a therapist and someone who can work with you on a combination of talk/behavioral therapy as well as medication. But having someone non-judgemental to vent to can be such a help.

The #1 important thing is that you need to take care of you. Making time for self-care is hugely important—and harder to do now that you are being stretched thin by all of the demands of college. And it can’t hurt to try to figure out what your major stressors are and what you can do to try to minimize them.

(Sorry if that came across as at all preachy/condescending. I have no idea where you are in terms of dealing with your struggles so if all these are things you are doing—then right on! But I figured I’d offer some advice from someone who’s been there.)


For teachers who use classdojo

I’m really thinking abut using it next year. I think it will be a better way for me to keep track of participation/behaviour *and* it also has the added benefit of being entirely transparent both of which will help reduce the sense of my participation grades being arbitrary. 

My concern is being able to keep up with it. I have an iPad, which I plan on using for that. But what is a fast way to track class participation? I worry about always having to call on a student then say “wait—lemme give you a point.” I like being able to physically bring it over to a student, and have them either award themself a positive/negative point. 

How do you make it work for full class discussions? I don’t want the points to get out of hand. How do you streamline it? How do you build it into your routines? Any tips/suggestions you might have as far as structuring this for next year?

Planning for the next couple of weeks in World/AP

I’m putting this behind a cut to save everyone’s dash, but if anyone is interested in the plans, they’re here. 

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It’s Official




June 16th is our districts last day. There was some confusion because of all the snowdays. Of course hithertokt is probably out of school on like May 16th just so she cant taunt me for a month.

Oh, it’s not all that bad — all that snow pushed me back to June 6th.


If it makes you feel better, my last day is June 23rd. (Or the 24th—I lost track of snow days.) We were supposed to get out on the 17th. 


When people ask how you’re doing at the end of the semester



Was Shakespeare a Good Actor?

Shakespeare’s 450th birthday, today, will bring an outpouring of written appreciations for his works. Many, though, will likely omit or only fleetingly mention one fact: Shakespeare’s first acts of creation were not poems or plays, but the characters he gave life to as a struggling actor.

This is no small omission. The stage is where Shakespeare taught others to lose sight of him, where he taught himself to lose sight of Shakespeare. The first lesson served him as a player, the second as a playwright. Omit the stage, and you omit the origin of William Shakespeare.

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