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Too many students today are expected to sit still and pay attention. These are good attributes for kids, but only for limited periods of time. It’s too much to ask a kid to sit still for 8 hours a day with only a couple breaks for lunch and recess.
This is even truer when it comes to kids with ADD and ADHD. Many teachers don’t understand how difficult it is for these kids to pay attention. For many, kinesthetic learning is the best way for these kids to learn concepts because it keeps their hands busy and allows the students to learn by actually practicing what is being taught.
Reading about plants, for example, isn’t nearly as meaningful as seeing the plants, feeling the leaves, and examining the petals. Teachers with students that have ADD will find that these students are more successful at retaining the knowledge when the lessons are hands-on. If possible, evaluations (such as tests) should also be done with hands-on activities. If that’s not possible, then teachers can help ADD students in other ways such as allowing him or her a scribe, allowing the student to stand while taking the test, or allowing the student to take the test verbally.
The important thing when it comes to teaching students with ADD is to be understanding. Listen to your students when they explain the difficulties of having ADD; this will help you know how to help and what it’s like to deal with this disability.