ADHD

Let’s Talk About Special Education Kids and Suspensions

Why are so many special education kids being suspended? And what can we do about it? Writing for you on this drizzly day here in Eugene. It’s been such a busy time for me, probably you, too. But here and there things have managed to creep in, catch my eyes and tell me I need […]

3 Ways to Engage Kids Early

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My mantra is simple, “Where attention goes, energy flows”. Without a student’s authentic attention, you are basically swimming with no arms or legs in a choppy ocean of learning. Therefore, garnering student’s attention in the first few minutes of class as they walk in is perhaps your most important job as an educator. Setting the […]

FIVE Ways to Deal With a DingDong

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How do we deal with the ding dongs? We all know that without a solid classroom management foundation there is little chance for success in the classroom, but even with a good plan every educator is destined to find themselves face to face with a ding dong in their classroom. A ding dong is that […]

Picnic

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Ian was still working on his state reading assessment as lunch time approached. His classmates had finished and surprisingly remained quiet as he worked. During that time, this little boy, who has all the signs of ADHD – but no diagnosis, and no medication – twisted around in his seat, bopped to an imaginary beat, […]

To Assume or Not to Assume?

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That kid doesn’t want to learn. My colleague hates change, she won’t ever listen to my idea. He didn’t even look at me as he walked down the hall. Why is he mad at me? My sister hasn’t called me in weeks. I must not be important to her. All of these thoughts have traveled […]

Ten Easy-to-Implement Suggestions to Help Disorganized Students

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Disorganized students come in various guises: younger students, older students, male students, female students, well-manneredstudents, disruptive students, and , all too often, failing students. What these different students do share, however, is the tendency to be disorganized and overwhelmed. They are the ones still looking for their homework when everyone else has turned theirs in. […]

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