The one who is walking around the classroom because they forgot what they were supposed to be doing.
The one who is never able to sit still for more than 4 minutes. (You’ve timed it.)
The one who is staring off into space because they can’t help but be distracted by everything around them.
The one who is refusing to complete their classwork and is distracting everyone around them.
We all have these students. We all know these students.
Does your school district provide enough resources and professional development for you to successfully meet these students needs?
Do you struggle to find interventions that actually work for students with ADHD?
Do you feel like you spend way more time focusing on these students rather than the whole class?
Are you physically exhausted from the amount of energy it takes to keep up with these students?
I was the teacher who thought ADHD was “just a fad”. About midway through my first year of being a kindergarten teacher, I realized how inaccurate (and embarrassing) that assumption was. Low-carb diets and oversized sunglasses are fads. When people have trouble with their abilities to work productively, learn new things, and form relationships, that's not a fad...it's a problem. It was at this time that I also realized I had no idea how to help these people. I continued to have daily battles with students because I wasn’t trained on how to (realistically) teach them. I didn’t understand why they couldn’t just focus for two minutes and get their work done. Even though ADHD is extremely prevalent in today’s classrooms, the challenge of helping them is still almost impossible for teachers with no background knowledge on ADHD. After becoming more educated on how these students learn and focusing on evidenced-based interventions, I was able to see the light at the end of the tunnel. And so did my students. Now, I want to share that knowledge with you.
"I LOVE this book! You have literally thought of LOADS of different options that one teacher might prefer over another. It's so flexible. I love that with the book the focus is less on a "problem to fix" and more of on helping you better understand the student. Well done!” -Elizabeth N.