Attention Deficit Disorder (ADHD)

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There are many different types of learning disorders in the world today. The two most common are ADHD (Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder), ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder). Today’s classrooms have changed drastically since the 1950’s. Some of the differences would be class sizes, technology, and learning disabilities. One of the biggest changes in today’s education world is the abundance of students with some sort of learning disability. Studies have showed that there are more and more ways to help deal with kids that can’t seem stay focused. There are many different ways that teachers can handle students with a learning condition. The three newest types are allowing kids to work around the classroom for work/sitting in different styles…show more content…
Studies have shown that students with ADHD have blown away test scores. They are intelligent, but they just need a little extra push to stay focused. “Nobody wants to be working when they’re feeling stressed or have anxiety. Just that extra five minutes to breathe and unwind makes a world of difference,” (Ismall). There have always been ways to keep kids quiet, but nowadays, not all those tricks seem to work. Some schools are starting too offer stress balls to squeeze when needing to sit and pay attention. Some other things are stuffed animals, slinkies, pillows, and other noiseless items. The students still hear what the teacher is saying, but when a student with a learning disability has this option, he/she has proven to learn better (Fox 8). Some of the newest inventions in the teaching world is a little thing called “bouncy bands.” They are big rubber bands that go around the bottom of student’s desks that allows them to bounce their feet up and down. This is a way to let out some energy and keeping them focused without making a huge distraction to the rest of the class or the teacher(s). They were originally made to help kids with ADHD relieve extra energy, but now students without ADHD are using them and they are proving to be just as beneficial (Fox…show more content…
But I also build in transitions every 15 minutes or so that require movement (to get into groups, turn something in, write on a paper-covered wall, etc). I have little to no fidgeting problems or issues with attention loss.” (Gonzalez). the first thing that needs to happen for Albemarle teachers to successfully create a flexible classroom is: The teacher must have a vision for his or her room. He/she must be willing to say, "I'm going to throw out some of this stuff. I don't need this traditional schooling equipment. When kids move around the room, it allows them to feel more at home. Think about it, when kids are at home doing homework, they aren’t sitting at a desk. They are either at the kitchen table, couch, in their bed, or on the floor. They aren’t sitting at a desk sitting on a hard chair. They more than likely can sit more comfortably while doing work at home vs when they are at school. “The students can have a choice of clipboards, the floor, end tables, coffee tables to write on when they’re moving around the classroom” (Gonzalez). This makes it easier for the students to write when they’re getting comfy around the room. “The average attention span of an eight year old is 6.26 seconds” (Ismall). So clearly, that doesn’t give a lot of time to engage a kid and get them involved in an activity. The key to getting a student involved, is keeping them interested. If a child isn’t interested, they aren’t going to try very hard
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