Success in the classroom is a two-way street. To learn, students must show up prepared and excited for class. But teachers have to prepare as well. Understanding a student’s unique challenges will help teacher and student become a winning team.
Here are valuable strategies from a student with ADHD to clue teachers in to how students with ADHD learn best.I don’t always make eye contact, sit upright, or even sit still, but that doesn't mean I’m not listening. If you’re not sure, ask me what you just said rather than constantly asking if I’m paying attention. If I respond correctly, then I am.
If I can’t repeat the information, try to gain my attention before stating it again.It is a challenge for me to learn passively for extended periods of time. Get me as involved as possible because my brain does better with interactive learning. The more of my senses you address, the more engaged I will be.
Don’t just tell me what to do, show me how, and then have me show you I understand.[Free Download: What Every Teacher Should Know About ADHD]Sometimes I don’t pay attention because I’m distracted. Sometimes, I need a distraction. A totally still environment can cause my ears and eyes to strain to find out where distractions went.
If I have something subtle to occupy me —two quarters to rub together or a small fidget toy — I am neither distracted nor seeking out the distractions. I am relaxed and alert.Don’t take it personally if I seem bored. I have a hard time motivating myself to do tasks that are not highly interesting to me.
My brain craves stimulation, so even listening to soft background music through headphones helps keep part of my brain busy. Give me incentives, too. Small rewards help encourage me, so that I can pull my
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