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"What’s Killing the Joy of Learning in Our Students with ADHD?"

Teaching to the test, that’s what. Let’s band together to stop the madness.

2 Comments: "What’s Killing the Joy of Learning in Our Students with ADHD?"

  1. This is a good article, however as an intervention specialist I want to make it clear to parents that may not realize the people on the front lines (teachers, interventionists, counselors, even most principals) HATE standardized testing! We see the joy being sucked out of these kids and try our hardest to make it as “fun” as possible. All of this testing comes from our state and are completely out of our hands as a school staff.

  2. Laura thank you for this article. I have ADHD and mild Asperger’s and struugle lol and have a son who is a sophomore with ADHD who does not want to take medication. And of course dealing with a school system that thinks all you have to do with him is run him which ok….let him run every 15 minutes….now what’s their bright idea lol!! Could you possibly give me a resource reference for approaching them on this particular issue? I met with his IEP advisor yesterday and I swear the vibe I got was..Greg is fine because he doesn’t flip teacher’s off. My son is adamant now as well that he doesn’t have it anymore. He does but they can all point to me and say well you have ADHD so how can you tell lol!!
    Anyway, I want to be able to do all I can to help him prepare for tests and do well. Oh and side note his advisor is observing him in a class with one other student…I know when he is in the class with more students…it’s a different story. I think it’s a good time to call a meeting with other teachers as well and ask them to fill out the Vanderbilt before we get to parent teacher conferences. I already know I’m the off odd one out in this equation but I’m the only one who will fight for him..Rocky theme…but I know what it’s like to grow up in the 70’s being the bright one with tons of potential and no gold star and to be the adult with few gold stars and just hanging on to the survival instinct and hopefully I can enlighten some of the educator’s because I’ve dealt with many in middle School that look at me when I’m talking like I’m feeding them a line of excuses…30 yr teachers..that don’t want to wake up. Last note, “school counselor” I met with as well…does not counsel and I believe does not have a degree…she was giving me the smile and wave routine while his advisor said oh he is fine. Oh ya!… that’s why he has an IEP!!! Sarcasm!:)

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