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Developing this mindset for working with attention-deficit students has been an interesting process. Reading the books entitled Nowhere to Hide and ADD/ADHD Behavior-Change Resource Kit, as required by this class, has opened my eyes and heart to the challenges and rewards of working with these students. The mindset that has evolved through this learning process is to focus more on what the students can do and to maintain a positive attitude. I feel that it is my responsibility to help students recognize the strengths they possess and to use these strengths as a foundation upon which to build confidence and perseverance. I know that it is important to provide students an orderly, safe, and predictable learning environment and to implement …show more content…
It is important to understand the extra challenges these students face each day. The mind struggles to focus, the body struggles to be calm, and excitement often results in inappropriate actions. Teachers must realize that many of these behaviors are often beyond the child’s ability to control. There is no one plan of action for these students and a caring teacher must be willing to take the steps necessary to find what works for each individual and then develop a consistent behavior plan. Teachers must also understand that it is okay to ignore some of the less disruptive off-task behaviors demonstrated by ADD/ADHD students. A teacher who is kind, firm, and patient can create a positive, predictable learning environment where the child can experience success. Children with ADD/ADHD benefit when their teacher uses best practice strategies to support learning. One of these practices is to incorporate a behavior modification plan that clearly targets a specific behavior to be enforced with positive and negative consequences. The student should receive frequent feedback if progress is being made. A chart to record this progress provides encouragement to the student and a positive reward may be used. Additionally, the student should receive immediate feedback and a relevant consequence for unacceptable …show more content…
I strive to develop good communication with the family. I encourage the family to express concerns and/or successes with previous learning experiences. I am reflective in my teaching and willing to seek advice from other teachers or support staff. I attend in-service trainings to help ensure that I have the resources needed to meet the needs of my struggling students. It is my intent to become more familiar with the impact of culture and language factors that may interfere with my student’s learning. I would also like to become a stronger advocate for my students who may need more than what I am able to give in the classroom. I need to trust my professional judgment and push for what is right for my students. Stress is a normal part of a teacher’s day, especially when working with children who are difficult-to-manage. Keeping a positive/calm attitude benefits everyone in the class. Utilizing relaxation techniques and self-talk methods can help to reduce a stressful situation. I know that it is very important to manage my own well-being in order to be able to help my

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