The Article ' Positive Thinking : Strategies For Optimal Learning With Adhd And Hyperactive Students

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The article “Positive Thinking: Strategies for optimal learning with ADHD and hyperactive students” by McAllister reviews for piano teachers methods of effective teaching and strategies to use on students who have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, are hyper active, inattentive, and impulsive. The methods and strategies that she reviews and defines are all flexible to be used in general education classrooms and not just for piano teachers. She focuses on teachers being able to find and use the right tools in order to help students succeed.
To begin with, McAllister’s reminds teachers what their purpose as a teacher is and they should be growing along with their students. She suggests that teachers “continuously try new things, see what works, and add to their repertoire of teaching strategies (p. 19).” She then goes on to explain an acronym for positive teaching which is C.A.R.E. C stands for concern, a is for authenticity, r is for respect, and e is for empathy. By showing these characteristics, it allows teachers to show a genuine “care” for students. Remembering this acronym helps teachers to build relationships with their students which can create “motivation for study while giving you the breathing room to make mistakes and be flexible in your teaching (p. 19).”
In order to meet the needs of students with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder a teacher must use “a variety of activities during [music] lessons, including physical movement, written activities…

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