Administration makes me come out in a rash! It’s boring, repetitive and greys my brain quicker than a thunderstorm at a picnic. However, in order to run a business, I have to do it and, therefore, I have developed techniques to make the process somewhat more bearable!
1) I listen to isochronic music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jvM9AfAzoSo&t=4220s. These soothing tones soothe my brain and relax its creative whirlwind whilst I get on with the important admin.
2) I get my admin done before anything else: The pull of procrastination is always there, but I know I have to do the boring work first! Therefore, I make myself do any paperwork before I start the creative jobs I love. When I have finished my admin, I usually reward myself with a square or four of chocolate!
3) I keep a tidy environment: My brain may scatter its ideas around like a toddler at a glitter party, but the environment around my workstation is always neat and I make a conscious effort to keep it this way. Anybody who knows me will understand that even the smallest object out of place is a distraction to my brain; I limit these by keeping an ordered space where I can sit down and get the important jobs done.
When I am finished with the boring tasks, it’s time to have some fun and do what I truly enjoy: teaching! I love passing on new skills and the thrill of helping young people develop their talents is the reason why I set up Bedford Tutor in 2012.
However, in order to learn effectively, a young person (well, anyone) has to be in the correct mind frame and it’s vital their brain is ready to engage with the material whether it be English, maths or mindfulness coaching.
Finding ACTION in distrACTION
When working with children who have ADD/ADHD (or any young person with similar problems), I ensure the lessons contain two specific characters: POF & POD. POF is Power of Focus and he/she must be engaged when the child is carrying out an activity which requires concentration: reading, writing, mathematics, etc. Power of Focus has energy levels which can be built up by good concentration on the subject at hand; I find children love seeing how much energy they can give their character. If I believe Power of Focus has been shown effectively, Power of Distraction can be activated. This character thrives on the creative connections which are formed when an idea springs into the mind and is an important part of the teaching process. In this part of the lesson, we play games which are dependant on distraction and we always include a good deal of comedy. Additionally, Power of Distraction can even be used as a tool to develop new ideas for story writing and coaching – children just need to be trained on how to use it effectively.
In my first lesson with children following my ‘Action in Distraction’ programme, I will actually get them to draw POF and POD. Most young people enjoy the creative side of this activity and it also makes the whole learning process much more personal, which enhances engagement from the very beginning and also builds a strong tutor-tutee partnership.
To find out more about how I teach, please visit my website: www.bedfordtutor.co.uk