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Please don’t punish him for something he has no control over. It sends a terrible message.
Why can’t an agreement be made with the teacher that, as soon as he or she notices that he is drifting, they go over and tap the desk or his shoulder as they walk by?
That’s what we have agreed to with my son’s teachers, and it works wonders. He’s a junior in high school now and, for the most part, doesn’t need prompting anymore. He has learned to put his nose to the grindstone before his mind starts to drift. It’s not a perfect science, but it seems to have become more of a habit now.
Good luck and please, ask that teacher to get educated on ADHD.