Teaching Woes – A perspective on kids with ADD/ADHD

Image of child struggling to focus in a classroom.
How many of you who are teacher’s have not had at least one student every year that can’t stand still. Interrupts your lessons with  questions that have nothing to do with the lesson, and generally just doesn’t seem to pay attention when you are teaching. Maybe, just maybe, this child has ADHD. The bigger problem comes when the student has no idea that they have ADHD. This may be because it hasn’t been diagnosed. It may be because Mom and Dad are not aware of it, or they are in denial, or they just don’t believe that their child is struggling with this.

The sad truth is that there is still quite a negative connotation still attached to ADHD for many people.

I think that as teachers, there are many ways that we can help children in this situation. In my classroom, I am very open with the kids about the fact that I struggle with this. I don’t play it up, or make a big deal about it. I only mention it casually when I notice a student struggling. For instance, one day during a class, I noticed a student was very frigidity. So I started joking around with him and told him that I felt like that sometimes. I told him that if he wanted to get rid of his chair and stand up at his computer, that was perfectly fine with me.

I also read one time about a teacher that put some type of a peddling contraption under all of her students desks and this helped with their productivity. There are always things you can do in the classroom that will make your life and the lives of your students with ADHD easier.

For more information on coping with ADHD in the classroom, here is a link to a website that I found helpful:
http://www.helpguide.org/articles/add-adhd/teaching-students-with-adhd-attention-deficit-disorder.htm