We Were Meant to be Teachers!

Classroom Management Strategies and other Teacher Worthy Ideas

Let your ADHD students fidget!

It really does help them concentrate!  I just read an article recently shared in the New York Times that simply reinforced what I learned by trial and error during my 40 years of teaching.  What did I learn?

Every year it seemed that I had a child who was diagnosed ADHD or just like to move around a lot.  After years of trial and error, I simply allowed these special children to sit on the end of table groups, gave them a larger table to work at, or set them in the back of the classroom in a group.  Why?  Because it allowed them to fidget without interrupting others.

Did it work?  Well, let me tell you about my former student C.  He definitely needed more room to fidget.  He chose where to sit and with whom, sometimes in a group or by himself.   He was finally happy to be who he was and was accepted as such.  The last day of school for that year, his father gave me a yellow rose because he thought “I was C.’s first teacher who understood how he learned and taught him how to succeed as a wonderful human being.”  His father had tears running down his face in appreciation.  Yes, it worked.


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