Tap, tap, tap. Pause. Tap, tap, tap. Pause. Tap, tap, tap... Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder...No kidding!
Wow! I made it through my first summer day with a bunch of 6-year-olds with ADHD. ESY (Extended School Year) really stands for Especially Silly Youth. Screaming and yelling...screeching and running...don't forget arguing and fighting. I'm sure that it qualifies for hazard pay.
Fast forward 2 years to Algebra 1...same thing.
Bedlam is everywhere you look. No one ever told you about ADHD kids before you started teaching. Try these 7 strategies for choosing where ADHD students should sit to help control the craziness.
1. Use proximity control. Stand right next to your kid, scaring the bajeebers out of him/her. In other words, more presence, less arguing.
2. Keep ADHD students as still and quiet as possible. Yes, it is possible. Put desks in 4’s so you don’t have to move them around later. Silent transitions. Yea!
3. ADHD students’ work areas are a disaster. Digging is par for the course! Have your kid sit with folks who are organized. Learn by osmosis. Let’s hope :-)
4. Did you ever notice that ADHD students look around during their performances? Work it out by surrounding them with students who are skilled at ignoring negative behaviors. What's the point of acting out if no one cares?
5. You and the classroom are boring. Think about it. Put his/her chair away from windows and doors. Just like the IEP says, reduce distractions.
6. Okay, you’re getting to the end of your rope. What do you do? ADHD students should be on an aisle for a clear path for them to walk around and "chill."
7. Everyone has them, the "classroom police." How many times do you need to hear that someone did something that they shouldn’t have? Put the officer in the same row as your ADHD student. It’s more challenging to report "offenses" if they remain unseen.
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