Megan Gross' Workspace on ADHD

Attention, Self-regulation & emotion

Mindfulness Breaks

Literacy 7-12

Short breaks that include mindfulness quiet the brain to allow for improved thinking and emotional regulation.

Sensory Stimulation

Math 7-9

Incorporating multiple senses with strategies like chewing gum, using a fidget, and sitting on a ball chair supports focus and Attention.

Sound-blocking Devices

Math 7-9

Using earplugs or headphones can increase focus and comfort.

Self-monitoring

Literacy 4-6

When students monitor their comprehension, performance, and use of strategies when reading and writing, they build their Metacognition.

Physical Activity & Recess

Reading PK-3

Research shows physical activity improves focus and creativity.

motivation, metacognition & memory

Checklists & Rubrics

Literacy 7-12

Checklists and rubrics help students understand expectations as they navigate more complex tasks and assignments.

Foster Growth Mindset

Literacy 4-6

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.

Family Engagement

Reading PK-3

Students are more likely to come to school when families feel like a valued part of the community.

Encourage Student Self-advocacy

Math 7-9

Overtly encouraging all students to seek support and ask questions creates a safe space for risk-taking and skill development.

Movement Breaks

Math 3-6

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

Guided Inquiry

Literacy 7-12

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.

Guided Inquiry

Math 7-9

In guided inquiry, teachers help students use their own language for constructing knowledge by active listening and questioning.

Direct Instruction: Patterning

Math 7-9

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

Literacy 7-12

Sentence frames or stems provide language support for students' writing and participation in academic discussions.

Prompts & Questions

Literacy 7-12

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.

Multimodal Instruction

Literacy 7-12

Instruction in multiple formats allows students to activate different cognitive skills and Background Knowledge that are necessary to remember procedural and content information.

Multimodal Instruction

Math 7-9

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.