the truest ADHD ally of our time was my professor who during a field exam handed me a newt and told me to hold it and I was like “what do you want me to do with this” thinking it was for the test and he shrugged and said “it’s just to keep ya busy”

not to be cheesy but my wildlife professors who probably had little to no training specific to teaching students with learning & developmental disabilities still really understood how to teach those students and I have to believe it’s because they have dedicated their lives to understanding life and its value on even the most microscopic level and they’ve learned patience from studying the most still animals and the change in a prairie over time and the growth of trees and they really do go out to the woods to find peace and to share their passion with students and they’re the type of people who stop to listen before they speak 

and certain things become clear to a person like that, the sort of person who has spent their life listening and learning and letting the world show them things they don’t know

so when they end up with a student with trouble staying still and being quite during tests, things like this are easy for them. he knew amphibians were my special interest. he knew I needed to be occupied. so he said “here’s a newt”

I wish every teacher were like those professors I was so lucky to have

idk it’s a common joke among wildlife professionals that they got into their work because they don’t like dealing with people but I’ve often found that doing what they do has made them some of the most empathetic, thoughtful people I’ve ever met