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Megan Gross' Workspace on ADHD
Megan Gross, CA State Teacher of the Year 2017, selected the following evidence-based strategies you can weave into your classrooms to provide the support students with ADHD need to meet their potential. Follow Megan on Twitter @MegNGross.
Attention, Self-regulation & emotion
Short breaks that include mindfulness quiet the brain to allow for improved thinking and emotional regulation.
Incorporating multiple senses with strategies like chewing gum, using a fidget, and sitting on a ball chair supports focus and Attention.
Using earplugs or headphones can increase focus and comfort.
When students monitor their comprehension, performance, and use of strategies when reading and writing, they build their Metacognition.
Research shows physical activity improves focus and creativity.
motivation, metacognition & memory
Checklists and rubrics help students understand expectations as they navigate more complex tasks and assignments.
Teachers can help students understand that learning involves effort, mistakes, and reflection by teaching them about their malleable brain and modeling their own learning process.
Students whose families are involved and feel valued within the school community are less likely to miss school, which research has shown can cause students to fall behind academically.
Overtly encouraging all students to seek support and ask questions creates a safe space for risk-taking and skill development.
Brain breaks that include movement allow learners to refresh their thinking and focus on learning new information.
addressing cognition & social emotional learning needs in literacy and math instruction
During guided inquiry, teachers foster student autonomy by designing lessons centered on meaningful questions in which students locate, analyze, and present relevant information on their own or in small groups.
In guided inquiry, teachers help students use their own language for constructing knowledge by active listening and questioning.
Thinking of and about patterns encourages learners to look for and understand the rules and relationships that are critical components of mathematical reasoning.
Sentence frames or stems provide language support for students' writing and participation in academic discussions.
Providing guiding prompts and questions for students to use when reading or participating in discussions deepens their understanding of texts and gives them space to question and grapple with issues of power, justice, and equity.
Instruction in multiple formats allows students to activate different cognitive skills and Background Knowledge that are necessary to remember procedural and content information.
Instruction in multiple formats allows students to activate different cognitive skills to understand and remember the steps they are to take in their math work.