ADHD and Motivation: Why It’s a Problem and What You Can Do
With new brain research, we now know more of what happens in a brain affected by ADHD. Due to these brain differences, kids with ADHD tend to lose sight of future goals in the distractions of the moment, and they are often unsure about how to accomplish goals they still wish to pursue. Sherry Cramer, an educational therapist, shares some strategies we can use with students with ADHD to support them.
Point of performance supports are small changes we can make in a setting or task that can make big differences for kids with ADHD. Such supports might include supplying noise-cancelling headphones, preparing organized work spaces, or providing checklists for complex assignments. Also, the use of rewards and consequences can make a large different since children with ADHD are usually focused on the present moment.
Some methods that can be used to help children with ADHD in the long term and outside of the classroom are teaching them to self-manage, using if-then plans, and teaching them executive functioning skills. As teachers we need to make sure we are developing positive relationships with those students who have ADHD, continue to teach them the skills they need, and then give them opportunities to make choices and learn from mistakes. For more specifics on any of these strategies take some time to read the article.
Classroom Eye Candy: A funky science classroom
In the April Lit Bit we took a look at a high school Language Arts classroom. Here is a high school science lab that also has flexible seating for students. For more information on how this teacher created this classroom and her teaching philosophy, read the blog post.
If you are thinking about changing up your classroom next school year to allow for more flexibility, check out the resources and pictures below for inspiration and direction.
Interested in some summer reading to inspire your teaching for next year? Check out these two lists of recommended reading for teachers!
Please let me know how I can continue to assist you in making your classrooms a place of deep thinking and learning!
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