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We spend a lot of time with our students, especially if you’re an elementary teacher, since you’re with them all day. As a result, you get to know them extremely well! You begin to notice their habits, behaviors, personalities, and any signs that may lead to a specific academic diagnosis. One of the most common neurodevelopmental disorders in childhood is ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder). I can guarantee you that at least one, if not more, of your students has this, whether they’re diagnosed or not.
Since ADHD is so prevalent in children, it’s important to have an understanding of it and identify practical strategies that help support and manage students with it in your classroom. A child’s elementary years are incredibly formative years for their academic journey, which is why knowing and implementing effective strategies early help make them successful and give them a foundation for future success.
As teachers, we’re not responsible for diagnosing a child with ADHD, but sometimes we are the first to notice and identify early warning signs. So if you do notice some of these behaviors, there are some strategies you can implement in your classroom to help support students who may have ADHD. In today’s episode, I’m sharing my most effective strategies that help manage and support students with ADHD. Additionally, I provide red flags for ADHD in the classroom that you should be aware of.
Having inattentive students in your class can lead to classroom management challenges, but knowing the right strategies to use can give your students the tools they need for academic success. By implementing these strategies, you’ll also be prepared to have a greater and more compassionate understanding of your students.
Do you want a full list of ADHD strategies to use with your students in the classroom? Make sure you join The Classroom Management Club for an ADHD Teacher Cheat Sheet and so much more! We have resources, trainings, and support for all your classroom management needs.
I hope this information is helpful as you prepare for your first, second, or third year of teaching. Until next time, remember, just because you're a beginning elementary teacher, there's no need for you to struggle like one.
Dr. Lori Friesen | Beginning Teacher Mentor
Creator of the R.E.A.D.Y. for School Academy, Dr. Lori Friesen has mentored thousands of beginning teachers across the country through her workshops and courses. Host of the popular podcast, Beginning Teacher Talk, and creator of the innovative literacy program for 1st and 2nd grade, Dogs Help Kids Read and Succeed, Dr. Lori is dedicated to serving educators and inspiring learners. Learn more at drlorifriesen.com and at howdogshelpkids.com.
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