Solutions in the Classroom
-- Select seating wisely. Keeping ADHD kids close to the teacher and away from doors or windows will help minimize potential distractions and provide the best stay-focused results.
-- Allow all students to use distraction-blockers. In order to prevent singling out ADHD children, let everyone try privacy dividers, earphones, or earplugs to block distractions during seat work or tests.
-- Keep things interesting. Alternate between high- and low-interest activities and when possible, keep lesson periods short or vary the pacing from one lesson to the next.
-- Accommodate different learning styles. Use a variety of strategies and teaching techniques to accommodate the multitude of learning styles in the room so all students have the opportunity to approach lessons the way they learn best.
-- Redirect rather than reprimand. Instead of scolding a student who becomes distracted, redirect him in a way that doesn't cause embarrassment. Sometimes, asking the child a question you know he can answer, or giving nonverbal cues, such as standing close and patting him on the shoulder, can bring the child back into focus.
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