Teaching Strategies for Students with ADHD
I chose to look into teaching strategies for students with ADHD because my brother had ADHD. I was exposed to his experiences with it and his struggles in school. I remember how his actions seemed to express negative motives that really were just influenced by his ADHD. I remember the struggle my parents had with talking to other teachers who wrote off my brother’s actions for a lack of discipline, self-control, or respect for the rules and others. Thus, these experiences I had growing up led me to look into how I can help those with ADHD and make it easier on the student and the parents of the student. I want to be able to not fall into making assumptions about the character of a student because of their behavior and then realize that their behavior is a product of their ADHD. I want to treat them fairly according to their condition and encourage them with implementing strategies that help them succeed in class. Many, like my brother, were discouraged and the discouragement led to more problems and I do not want to be the discouragement. I want to be able to rise above the situation and have the ability to recognize and implement the correct strategies at the right time.
Most ADHD students are boys like my brother (Strategies for Teaching Students with Attention Deficit Disorder, n.d.). They are very fidgety, impulsive, and struggle focusing on a topic (Strategies for Teaching Students with Attention Deficit Disorder, n.d.). Their actions may seem disrespectful and insensitive to the teacher and to others but they’re intentions are not so. 80% these symptoms, however, can be improved by stimulants and medication (Strategies for Teaching Students with Attention Deficit Disorder, n.d.). When looking for strategies and not simply medication to help the student, it all begins with the teacher. The teacher must be a supportive and flexible teacher who is willing to put in extra time and...
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