This month’s mentions have been broken down into a product, a show, a book and a podcast!
To use: I discovered the Q&A a Day Journal, which is only 10cm by 15cm and it asks you one question a day. You have four small lines to write on so you only have to write one sentence really. In this age of mindfulness and gratitude, it doesn’t feel overwhelming to use and it lasts for five years! Each year when you answer the same question, you can see how you have changed, or not! An example is on 11 April (my birthday) it asks “ what sound effect are you most like today?” – well, it would have to be champagne corks popping!
To listen: I often listen to ADHD Experts Podcast by ADDitude Magazine as it is a podcast series about all things ADHD — recognising symptoms, researching treatment, raising children, living better with attention deficit, and much more — with leading experts in ADHD. They have some great episodes with new ones dropping every week. There is a large library of previous episodes, so whatever your question, it has probably been answered already. They don’t only focus on ADHD, other learning differences, like dyslexia and dyscalculia, do make an appearance as well.
To read: I bought the book Teacher by Gabbie Stroud on a Saturday afternoon and finished it the next day. Admittedly it was a rainy weekend in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, so perfect for curling up with a good book, which it was! It is a powerful memoir inspired by her original essay, where she tells the full story of how she came to teaching, what makes a great teacher, what our kids need from their teachers, and what it was that finally broke her. I think that those of us who have experienced frustration with the education system need to read this to get a better understanding of the challenges faced by teachers and hopefully, we can all come to a place of understanding each other and working together to bring about the best for children who face learning challenges. Gabbie was also interviewed on the Mamamia No Filter Podcast which is worth a listen.
To watch: I finally watched Schitt’s Creek on Netflix (and some of it’s on ABC iView) after ignoring it for a long time. It’s about the wealthy Rose family, video store magnate Johnny, his wife and former soap opera actress Moira, and their adult children David and Alexis, who lose their fortune after being defrauded by their business manager. They are forced to rebuild their lives with their sole remaining asset: a small town named Schitt's Creek, which they had bought their son as a joke birthday gift back in 1991. Don’t let the title put you off and get through season one, as it gets funnier and better with each season. It has five seasons so you can happily binge and escape while watching this. It is feel-good television which shines a light on an aspect of inclusion and diversity in a beautiful way.
Let me know what you think of these!