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ERIC Number: EJ1002451
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Oct
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1784
Ferrari Engines, Bicycle Brakes
Hallowell, Edward
Educational Leadership, v70 n2 p36-38 Oct 2012
In this article, the author offers an advice to educators about how to help students with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) fulfill the potential of their powerful brains. It is a neurological fact that feeling safe opens up the brain, whereas feeling anxious and afraid clamps it down. So step one is to make sure all students feel as safe as possible. A teacher's best gift to all students--not just those who have ADHD--is to allay fear, provide encouragement, and make the safari into new jungles of knowledge feel safe enough for them to take the trip and want to come back forever after. Step two is to adapt a strength-based model, which acknowledges that there is a potentially serious downside to ADHD but recognizes that there also is a potentially spectacular upside as well. These are some other interventions teachers can use in the classroom: (1) Set up predictable schedules and rules; (2) Have kids with ADHD sit near them; (3) Break down large tasks into small ones; (4) Introduce new material in terms of old; (5) Balance structure with novelty; and (6) Make sure the class gets recess, and provide frequent brain breaks. All these strategies, and many more, can help. But the most important one is for teachers to make sure students with ADHD know them and are on their side.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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